Welcome to the Linn County Emergency Management Agency

Linn Co. EMAWe 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.



May 30, 2013 – Governor Terry E. Branstad today included Linn County in a proclamation of disaster emergency in response to recent storms and flooding.  The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized and also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program.

State resources may be used to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.  These resources could be used for removal of debris and wreckage on publicly-or privately-owned land that may threaten public health and safety.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060, for a family of three.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing.  Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery.  The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.  Applications must be received within 45 days of the date of the proclamation.

Linn County Emergency Management discusses importance of individuals being prepared for severe weather.

Click here for video and text.

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 tom.ulrich@linncounty-ema.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.


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