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.



CERT Training is Back On!

July 19, 21, 26, 28 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

We have been able to reschedule the CERT Classes for four evening sessions. Linn County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting CERT Team training at our EOC on Tuesday July 19, Thursday July 21, Tuesday July 26, and Thursday July 28.
The Classes will each run 4 hours from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM to give everyone a chance to eat dinner and get to class.

This Basic course will include the components necessary to get you started and capable of performing basic CERT functions. The course covers: Disaster Preparedness, Team Organization, Disaster Psychology, Medical Operations, Damage Assessment, Basic Fire Suppression, and Light Search and Rescue. It is preferred that students take IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams to prepare for the class. This course is open to all area residents ages 18 and over and there is no cost.

If you are interested in participating please register by emailing:

Phone Number
Email Address

to tom.ulrich@linncounty-ema.org or call our office at 319-892-6500

Please feel free to email, or call us with any questions about the course!


A heat relief protocol will be activated when the National Weather Service (NWS) issues an Excessive Heat Warning and will coincide with the duration of the warning.

Heat Relief Protocol:

  • Public advised of protective measures (Public Health, NWS, EMA, local media, others)
  • Public advised of availability of heat relief locations for relief during periods of high heat indices.

NWS Info:

Excessive Heat Warning:  Maximum Heat Index at or above 105F, and a minimum heat index of 75F for a 48-hour period.  Warnings may also be issued for 4 consecutive days of advisory criteria.
Heat Advisory Criteria:  Maximum Heat index above 100F

A heat relief location is an air-conditioned facility that the public can access during the hours when heat indices will be at their highest – generally until 9 p.m.  Additional hours of operation, accommodations or staffing are not generally necessary.  Types of facilities that could serve as heat relief facilities include: public malls, libraries, churches, congregate meal sites and others. Larger communities may want to identify several locations that are geographically distributed. Relief from excessive heat does not generally require 24 hour sheltering.

The location of heat relief facilities will be provided to 2-1-1 which has agreed to handle public inquires. 


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