Welcome to the Linn County Emergency Management Agency
We are the “what if” agency? What if the “it can’t happen here” happens? The mission of the Linn County Emergency Management Agency is to assure the coordination of the activities of City and County government, State and Federal entities, citizens, businesses, adjacent jurisdictions, and other disaster partners, to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate major emergencies and disasters within Linn County.
NEWS AND UPDATES
Linn County Emergency Management discusses importance of individuals being prepared for severe weather.
Linn County EMA has partnered with Safeguard Iowa to promote 20 Weeks to Preparedness.
Do you have a kit in the event of an emergency? Why not start today – one week at a time. In 20 weeks you will have put together your own kit. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Local responders will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Additionally, basic services may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer and you may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last you for at least 72 hours.
Protect your loved ones by downloading a copy of the 20 Weeks to Preparedness and move one step closer to being prepared for the unthinkable.
Linn County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
Congratulations to the graduates of the February 2013 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class put on by the Linn County Emergency Management Agency. CERT educates people about preparing for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Anyone interested in attending a future class feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org . These classes are free and open to everyone.
Active Shooter Information
The Linn County Emergency Management Agency hosted ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter and escape) training on February 25 and 26. Representatives from hospitals, schools, and law enforcement agencies throughout Linn, Benton, Jones, and Johnson counties took part in this two-day training program that included classroom and realistic “active shooter” scenarios. This training is designed to assist schools, businesses, law enforcement, and other entities with planning and reacting to armed intruders. Click here for the story from the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
2012 IA School Safety Guide
Earlier this year, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division put in place a new school safety guide to assist schools in making plans and establishing procedures to make their facilities, students and staff safer. This guide covers a variety of emergencies, including how to respond to an intruder with a gun who enters their school intending to do harm. VIEW THE 2012 SCHOOL SAFETY GUIDE
Active Shooter Awareness Video
The City of Houston developed a training video on active shooter response based on guidance from the Department of Homeland Security. Click here to watch.
Year-Round Weather Radio Programing Service
Linn County Emergency Management Agency will provide year-round assistance with programming or re-programming of weather alert radios. It is important that alert radios be functioning year-round and not forgotten after the severe weather season. These alert radios are a proven tool in the public warning system and we want to help citizens keep them in good working order throughout the year.
A resident with a programming issue with a weather alert radio anytime during the year should call 319-892-6503 to make arrangements with Brad Ransford, Logistics Officer.
FEMA & FCC Unveil New Tip Sheet For Consumers On How To Communicate During Disasters
As part of National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission today released new tips for consumers aimed at preparing them for major disasters when communications networks are more likely to be compromised or damaged. For more information click here.