Linn County EMA meets with Future City

Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. This year’s theme involves building and power grid that can withstand and recover from natural disasters. 

Linn County Receives Designation as a StormReady Community


CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – June 5, 2018 – The Linn County Emergency Management Agency Commission was presented the 2018 StormReady designation on June 4 at a ceremony at the Linn County Emergency Management Agency.

This designation signifies that the plans, protocols and procedures are in place to warn our communities and prepare them for potential extreme weather and water events. To receive the StormReady designation a community must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

“Being designated a StormReady community means we have the appropriate warning measures in place to keep our residents and Linn County safe. We are part of a group of counties and agencies teamed together to act on our mission of preparing for, responding to, recovering from and mitigating major emergencies,” said Linn County EMA Coordinator Steve O’Konek. 

Accepting the award for the Commission was EMA Chair Brian Gardner and Marion Fire Chief Deb Krebill, who is a commission member and Vice Chair of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Presenting the award from the National Weather Service office located in the Quad Cities was Stephen Kuhl, Donna Dubberke and Rich Kinney.

For more information about the StormReady program visit: www.weather.gov/stormready


Do you know where to go during a nuclear event?

Thank you KCRG for helping to get the word out about the areas Emergency Action Plan! If you don’t have your phone book you can also download/save/print the plan Here. Also remember to tune to EAS stations (96.5 FM and 600 AM) and local media for additional information in any emergency



emergency-financial-first-aid-kitThere are many aspects to being ready for a disaster including participating in emergency drills and building emergency supply kits. But have you ever considered the importance of being financially ready?

The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication from Operation Hope and Citizen Corps, can help you prepare now. Having adequate insurance, a plan to pay your bills and access to your important records and accounts will help you get back on your feet faster.

The EFFAK offers a collection of resources to download, such as:

Financial preparedness is one of the many ways to participate in America’s PrepareAthon!, a grassroots, community-based campaign for action to get families, organizations, and entire communities better prepared for emergencies.

As part of the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign, we invite you to register your preparedness action at www.ready.gov/prepare.

Linn County Public Notification System

Sign up here for Linn Alerts! We will notify you in the event of an emergency or tornado warning. The system provides a voice, text, and/or email alert to the number and or email address provided by you.

This is a free service provided by Linn County; however, normal messaging fees may be applied by your service provider. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. NOTE: Linn County cannot guarantee notifications will be received by the intended recipient as notifications are dependent upon external providers (phone carrier, cell phone provider, email service, etc.). By registering below, you will not receive unsolicited calls, and neither the County nor its system vendor sells the contact number database.

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