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.



 Media Release

Date: July 8, 2014

Time: 17:00

Contact: Mike Goldberg, Director

Linn County Emergency Management Agency

319-721-8999 (cell)

Linn County, Iowa – Linn County Emergency Management has arranged for assistance from Neighbors Across the Land Disaster Relief and Recovery http://www.natldrr.org/ . They are affiliated with the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council. Their primary mission will be to provide chain saw teams to assist the groups identified below. They will also assist with basement muck out and other tasks.

Their mission is to provide assistance to:


  • Elderly (unable to complete the task without assistance)
  • Low Income (Initially using same threshold as Iowa Individual Assistance Program)
  • Persons with Functional Needs
  • Non-Profits

Please call 2-1-1 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday to register for volunteer assistance. 2-1-1 will accept requests from all areas of Linn County – incorporated and unincorporated - that have been affected by the flash flood and wind events that occurred last week.

2-1-1 will forward request for volunteer assistance to the Disaster Volunteer Coordination Team from LAP-AID (Linn Area Partners Active in Disasters) which will be setting up operation in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) tomorrow. The Disaster Volunteer Coordination Team will match up requests for volunteers with offers from people wishing to volunteer.

For chain saw team requests, a site visit will be made by a team member to determine if the task is within the scope of their capabilities and mission. An authorization to perform the work will be required by the team prior to beginning any work.


Severe Weather Refresher

With our entry into this severe weather season our agency would like remind people to be prepared.  Being prepared and acting quickly could be a matter of survival.  BE Alert!  Listen to the weather forecast on radio or television and obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.

In Linn County the outdoor warning sirens will be sounded for  tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings with 70 mph winds or greater or golf ball size hail or larger.  If the outdoor warnings sound SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY and tune in to local radio, television, or use your NOAA Weather Radio to listen for emergency information.

Shelter Options:

In a structure go to a predesignated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level, away from corners, windows, doors, or outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.

In a vehicle, trailer, or mobile home–GET OUT IMMEDIATELY and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

If caught outside lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Do NOT get under an overpass or bridge; you are safer in low flat location. Watch out for flying debris, this is the biggest cause of fatalities and injuries.

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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