Heat Relief Protocol

Linn County, Iowa – It’s getting warmer and the staff at the Linn County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind residents of the protocol that has been followed in recent years. Persons seeking relief during times of high heat indices should go to a heat relief location. Identified locations for cities within Linn County can be obtained by calling 2-1-1. Please check on neighbors, family members and friends that are especially vulnerable to high heat indices due to age, medical or other conditions.

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 locations include: public malls, libraries, churches, congregate meal sites and others.

Official cooling centers are not part of the current protocol.
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.

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 heat advisory criteria. (Heat Advisory Criteria: Maximum Heat index above 100F)

Click here for the current list of identified heat relief locations.

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


Discovery Living Partners with Emergency Management to Learn more about Emergency Preparedness

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Tom Ulrich of Linn County Emergency Management (LCEMA) met Tuesday with Discovery Living residents and staff at the LCEMA Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to talk about the role of our agency in the community, weather safety, as well as steps to take during an emergency. Over 30 guests attending toured the EOC and communications center. Individual and group preparedness is vital to our community’s safety and LCEMA is always pleased to speak face to face with our community partners; please contact our office to schedule a presentation!



EXERCISECapture2The Linn County Emergency Management Agency is seeking volunteers to participate in the Eastern Iowa Airport’s Triennial Full Scale Exercise. Participants are needed to play “victim actors” to provide local emergency responders with realistic mock medical patients.

The Exercise will take place May 20, 2017 from at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids Lunch provided

To participate or find out more about how you can help please contact Thomas Ulrich with Linn County Emergency Management by phone: (319) 892-6502 or email: tom.ulrich@linncounty-ema.org

All ages are welcome to participate, however 14+ is preferred, any participants under the age of 18 will require parental consent. No acting experience is required

As a reminder: Simulated injuries, artificial blood, and other make-up will be utilized, we encourage volunteers to wear old clothing, and speak up if any simulated traumatic imagery makes them uncomfortable, (volunteers can still help and participate without makeup).

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.




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.



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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