Emergency Management: To support, coordinate, and maintain state and local emergency management activities in order to establish sustainable communities and assure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.
This mission is accomplished by supporting a comprehensive program of emergency management that includes disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities conducted by the state and its political subdivisions.
Homeland Security: To develop and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive state strategy to secure the State of Iowa from terrorist threats or attacks. Coordinate the State of Iowa’s efforts to detect, prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks within the State of Iowa.
During the November 2001 Special Session, the Iowa Legislature passed House File 762, amending Iowa Code chapter 29C by adding homeland security to the list of responsibilities for the Emergency Management Division. Included within this responsibility is the administration and coordination of activities associated with the detection, prevention, preemption, deterrence of and protection from attacks targeted at state territory, population and infrastructure.
To date, only minimal federal funds have been provided to the State of Iowa for homeland security.
The division administers, coordinates, and facilitates the foregoing activities by providing personnel, financial, and overall management in the following areas:
Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMGP)
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant (HMEP)
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
Disaster Recovery Initiative (DRI)
Public Assistance Grant Program (PA)
Office of Justice Programs – State Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program (OJP)
Nuclear Power Plant Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program
Enhanced 911 Program
Iowa Emergency Response Commission (IERC)
Contingent Fund – Disaster Aid
Organization: The Division is headed by a division administrator and is divided into four bureaus of Administration, Mitigation and Recovery, Preparedness, and Readiness and Response. (See Attached Organizational Chart)
Strategic Plan: The Division published its five-year strategic plan for emergency management in January 1998. This plan was scheduled for update in 2002. However due to the added mission of homeland security, the Division has been working towards refining the strategic plan to include this responsibility. It is expected that the revised Strategic Plan will be published in March 2003.
In addition, the Division spent considerable time developing the Iowa Homeland Security Initiative – Envisioning the Future. The initial draft of this document, which outlines the states overall strategies for homeland security, is expected in August 2002. Allowing sufficient time for comment by state agencies and other public and private stakeholders, final publication is expected in January 2003.
The Division goals, objectives, and strategies, as outlined in its strategic plans, support the Division’s overall mission, tie directly to the Governor’s leadership agenda regarding safe communities and accountable government, and support the mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Division subscribes to the following guiding principles:
Results / Outcome Orientation
The Division’s goals are to:
Provide for sustainable communities & economic opportunities for all Iowans.
Protect the lives & property of Iowa’s citizens & communities from all disasters.
Provide exceptional service to our external and internal customers, and for our taxpayers.
Provide for a multi-disciplined, coordinated terrorism preparedness and response strategy.
The State, counties, and cities will be prepared to respond to and recovery from a terrorism incident.
The Divisions strategic plan is used as the basis for its agreements with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funding under the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) and Terrorism Consequence Management Preparedness Assistance (TCMPA) programs, as well as for funding under a number of other federal programs.
The Division also supports local emergency management agencies in their strategic planning efforts by issuing planning guidance and providing training to local emergency management coordinators.
Emergency Management Operating Responsibilities: The following is a representative listing of associated pre-emergency, emergency, and post-emergency activities performed or facilitated, coordinated and managed by the Division.
Pre-emergency operations include:
State and local emergency response, recovery, and hazard mitigation planning.
The development and institution of state and local mutual aid agreements.
Conducting state and local emergency response and recovery exercises.
Professional development and performance oriented training for emergency managers and other public officials, first responders, volunteers and private sector employees that may play a role in emergencies and disasters.
Providing public information and educational materials.
Maintenance of plans that outline the administration of Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation disaster recovery programs.
Emergency operations include:
Activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).
Emergency or disaster event tracking.
Coordination of the emergency or disaster response by state agencies.
Resource management of personnel, equipment, and services provided in times of emergency or disaster.
Coordination of federal resources with state resources.
Coordination of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
Alert notification of public officials and the public.
Providing public information.
Performing and coordinating preliminary damage and disaster assessments.
Post-emergency operations include:
Performing and coordinating final damage and disaster assessments.
Making application for federal disaster recovery assistance.
Providing of resource allocation and coordination.
Providing technical assistance to local governments.
Establishing, staffing and supporting disaster field office operations.
Coordination and administration of state and federal disaster recovery programs.
General Fund Appropriation $1,078,676.00
Hazardous Materials Fines $ 51,619.06
Emergency Management Performance Grant $ 913,887.47
E911 Wireless Communications Program $11,665,547.79
Total Pass Through Expenditures $13,393,596.67
Public Assistance Grant Program $ 634,908.97
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program $ 362,785.67
Public Assistance Grant Program $7,167,089.70
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program $3,750,208.89
Total Disaster Expenditures $11,914,993.23
Accomplishments by Functional or Program Area
Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program: Each federal fiscal year the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issues guidance and invites state participation in the EMPG program by which FEMA provides technical and financial assistance. The assistance provided supports activities that contribute to the accomplishment of state emergency management objectives as identified in the Division’s strategic plan and through a Capability Assessment for Readiness (CAR).
A portion of the grant money received by the state may also be used to support the administrative and operating expenses of local emergency management agencies. As such, each year the Division provides the opportunity for each county emergency management agency to participate in the EMPG program.
In May, guidance that outlined the requirements for local emergency management EMPG participation was mailed to each county emergency management coordinator. To be eligible to participate in the program, the local emergency management agency is required to employ a coordinator that works an average of 20 hours per week in emergency management. The local agency must also meet minimal requirements in the areas of planning, training, and exercise. For FFY 2002 sixty-six local emergency management agencies participated in the EMPG program.
For federal fiscal year 2002, FEMA allocated $1,600,520 in EMPG money to the state. The Division, in turn allocated $836,190 to the sixty-six participating local emergency management agencies. Local agency requests for federal fiscal year 2002 totaled $4,747,846.16. This demonstrates a $3,911,656.16 shortfall in funding to those agencies. Local allocations are based on a formula that takes into consideration the local emergency management coordinators salary and benefits.
Contingent Fund Program: The contingent fund is a loan program established by Iowa Code to assist local governments with extraordinary emergency response and recovery expenditures. Each fiscal year, the Executive Council has the authority to approve such requests, as processed by the Iowa Emergency Management Division, up to one million dollars. There were not any applications for local government for the Division to process.
Declared: June 19, 2002 – Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA)
1. Allamakee, IA
2. Benton, IA
3. Buchanan, IA
Des Moines, IA
The state disaster recovery operations co-located with FEMA and other federal agencies at a Disaster Field Office (DFO) at the Armstrong Center, Lower Level, 222 Third Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. There were several programs in which federal and state disaster assistance funds were administered. They were:
Public Assistance estimated to provide $ 6,855,352 in grants to local governments and certain private non-profits with eligible infrastructure damage. The $6.8 million will be spent on 333 projects among 70 applicants in 21 counties.
Individual Assistance for homeowners and renters estimated to reach $447,294 for damages to homes and essential personal property. Twenty-one (21) counties benefited from this assistance.
Crisis Counseling provided mental health services to disaster victims in none of the 21 Presidential Declared counties. The expected funding level was $00.00. An application was not submitted to FEMA.
Workforce Investment Actprovides employment to Iowans displaced by the disaster. This program estimated to administer $00.00 to aid in the continued employment of disaster victims.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides employment and re-employment benefits to disaster victims when a loss of income occurs as a result of a disaster. Typical applicants are self-employed businesses, farmers, and migrant workers. This program administered an estimated amount of $7,253 in the 21 declared counties.
The American Red Cross assisted 321 Iowans and spent $210,072 in disaster assistance.
Interfaith Long Term Recovery assisted 1 family and spent $2,500.00. This year their task was to make assessments and assist families with other available funding resources. The Mennonites also contributed to the relief of this same family with $1,000 contributed.
The National Resources Conservation Servicehas provided funds in the amount of $742,323 from the assessment done to provide technical and project funds to local governments with damages in watersheds under the Presidential Declarations #1367 and #1420 were funded.
d.Readiness & Response:
Duty Officer Incident Report Recap - July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002
City of McIntire, 3rd & Wheeler Street. Penicon Farms had a pipe break and 100 gallons of used motor oil went into the drain, down the sewer system for about 2 blocks and into Buffalo Creek. Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, 5 firefighters from Riceville, 5 employees from Penicon Farms, DNR, and Emergency Management Coordinator were on scene. Protective measures were taken. No state assistance requested.
Car/train accident at mile marker 87.25, 1½ miles east of the Old Bridge Road crossing in Linn County. One fatality. Train inspectors were on site investigating. No state assistance requested.
House fire on the East side of Des Moines. Victims requested aid in the form of housing. Request passed on to volunteer groups that deal with individual assistance.
Osage City Clinic had a spill of phenol (1 quart) within the clinic. Clinic was evacuated. Regional HazMat and DNR were notified. HazMat cleaned up the spill and clinic was reoccupied. No state assistance requested.
Chief of Baxter Police Department requested assistance in the form of 2-3 MP's for traffic control due to RAGBRAI. EMD suggested they use local residents to assist.
Search and Rescue
Civil Air Patrol reported that they were investigating an emergency beacon (ELT) that had gone off somewhere in the Des Moines area. After investigation, it was discovered that someone was cleaning LifeFlight at Mercy Hospital had accidentally switched on the emergency beacon.
Supercell thunderstorm with confirmed winds up to 98 mph. Torrential rains caused damage to homes, and a business. Lowland flooding occurred. Several power lines down with major tree damage. Greensnap to corn. No fatalities. Governor’s proclamation issued giving weight/length waiver – needed to transport transmission class poles. Other counties experiencing some damage were Plymouth, Ida, and Cherokee. There was one injury in Ida County when a tree fell on a car.
Florida Emergency Management contacted Duty Officer with an EMAC question. With Tropical Storm Barry approaching, Florida wanted to send out a broadcast on the EMAC website notifying other states that assistance may be requested. The NEMA server was down and he wondered what to do. Told him to look in the EMAC Guidebook for the state chairpersons’ e-mail address and notify him manually.
A Werner Enterprises semi tractor truck had a fuel line break which produced a 35-50 gallon diesel fuel spill on a 20 foot by 40 foot section of the traveled portion and shoulder of roadway at MM 147 Interstate 80 eastbound. Iowa DOT was dispatched. Diesel fuel was contained and soaked up with sand.
Power unit locomotive on a spur line with Union Pacific derailed 300 feet north of the Main Street crossing in Jewell, Iowa. Locomotive remained upright, and there was no compromise of fuel or other danger to the public health and welfare. No state assistance requested.
Contaminated Water Supply
Water main break, with a contaminated well, in the community of Elma (population 653). Red Cross worked out water supply issues. State assistance was needed from the DNR for technical assistance and DPH with regard to the contaminated water, and the shocking and flushing of the entire system for the community.
HazMat spill occurred in Cass County on Interstate 80 (I-80). One lane of I-80 was closed for clean up. HydroKlean was on site for clean up. State assistance was needed for technical support.
Woodbury, Crawford, Plymouth, Cherokee, Monona, and Crawford
State Radio contacted the Duty Officer numerous times throughout the evening regarding tornado warnings. Plymouth County reported down power lines and damaged outbuildings near the city of Remson. Crawford County reported minor damage to residences near the town of Buck Grove. There was also about 1,000 acres of corn destroyed. No state assistance requested.
Damages reported: Glen Oaks Golf Course received damage to trees, signs, grandstands, and tents. Westbrook Apartments – 8-stall garage destroyed, damage to windows, and some shingle damage. Some power lines down. Damage to trees. Some trees reported down in Ankeny. Grain bin destroyed in Elkhart. No state assistance requested.
Tornado touchdown SE of Peru, Iowa. Damage to farmers crop and minor structural damage to farm buildings. No state assistance requested.
Tornado on ground south of Aurora. Some homes received damage, however, homeowners were able to patch up damage and stay in homes. No state assistance requested.
Damage to trees and homes reported in cities of Nevada, McCallsburg, Zearing, Roland, and Slater. One injury reported. DOT, volunteers, fire departments, city and county workers were on scene to assist with debris removal. A Governor’s Proclamation was signed on 9-7-01. Requested assistance from the DOT for debris removal – trees blocked the roads.
Strong winds affected areas north of Indianola and the Carlisle area. A semi-truck was overturned in the median at the St. Charles exit. Trees and power lines were down. Mobile home and apartment damages. Red Cross was called to assist an elderly lady who lived in a mobile home that was damaged. No state assistance requested.
Straight-line winds causing damage to homes, mobile home park, downed trees and power lines in the cities of Centerville and Numa. One non-life threatening injury. Ballinger farmstead was destroyed, however, the home was spared, receiving livable damage.
A diesel fuel transport truck hit some debris in the roadway and it broke the cross over line. The truck lost 50 gallons of diesel fuel on the road. Two DNR persons and HydroClean were on site. No state assistance needed other than DNR.
Unidentified caller informed the dry cleaning shop in Carroll that there was a bomb in the building that was set to go off. Office building was evacuated and an area up to 300-400 feet around the building. A 6-block area of Highway 30 was blocked and traffic detoured. State Fire Marshall searched the building and no bomb was found. No state assistance requested.
State of Illinois reported a tugboat was pulling 3 barges containing asphalt down the Mississippi River when it hit a sandbar. The 2 back barges broke loose and went on the bank at MM 364, south near Keokuk. No release of asphalt from the barges. Appropriate agencies were notified. No state assistance requested.
Civil Air Patrol activated on a mission to search for an Emergency Locate Transmitter (ELT). The unit was found in a hangar in Washington, Iowa airport. It had been turned on by accident.
Clerk of Court’s office in the courthouse received a call that a bomb would explode in the building in 10 minutes. The courthouse was evacuated and an extensive search was done of the building, with no bomb being found. Incident investigated. No state assistance requested.
At mile marker #157 east bound on I-80, 100 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled. Soil affected around the area. The contractor, Syneca, cleaned up the spill. No state assistance requested.
Advised a satellite had picked up an Emergency Locate Transmission (ELT) in the Oskaloosa area. No planes reported missing. Civil Air Patrol had 2 planes search with no results. State Patrol had 2 officers in the area patrolling the west side of Tracey, where the signal was detected. The only thing that could be determined in the area was a parachute plane dropping jumpers.
NRC Region III faxed a safeguarded document regarding the new planning standards for nuclear plants. Staff member wanted to make sure that EMD received the fax. Fax received and given to EMD Administrator.
Person trapped in a cave. Requested a cave trained search and rescue team to aid in the extrication. Individual removed from cave with help from a spelunking group from Cedar Rapids.
Early morning fire damaged or destroyed a portion of Main Street in the city of Osage. Two people were seriously burned and transported to Hennepin County Hospital in Minneapolis and three others were left homeless. Red Cross provided assistance. No state resources requested.
Woman in city of Hartley received a magazine in the mail that had a white powdery substance. A couple days later she began to feel ill. State of Iowa Guidelines were followed.
Resident received a suspicious letter in the mail. The letter was properly bagged and proper authorities were contacted to handle the situation.
Fort Madison lady received a letter containing a white powder. The substance contacted her skin causing red spots and blisters. Patient treated at the hospital and released. Letter bagged and sent to the Iowa City Lab for testing.
Citizen reported that her son was at Wal-Mart and observed some individuals purchasing envelopes and asking for “white powder stuff.” Incident was reported to the DCI.
Iowa Hospital Association received a letter at their offices that contained a white powdery substance which they thought could be anthrax. They called local law enforcement and local law enforcement contacted the FBI. EMD Duty Officer gave them the protocol information from IDPH and the Red Cross web site information. State assistance was needed for technical assistance for handling possible anthrax contaminated letter.
Suspicious letter opened by a technician at the Clinton Hospital. Local HazMat and law responded. Law and public health protocols were followed. State assistance was needed for technical assistance for handling possible anthrax contaminated letter.
Report that two rural mailboxes may be contaminated – yellow powdery substance discovered by the postman as he delivered mail. Law and public health protocols were followed. Technical assistance requested for handling of potential anthrax contaminated mail and mailbox.
A gentleman professing to be a “Christian Psychic” provided information on a potential terrorist bombing of an office building in downtown Des Moines. Information was provided to the Intel Bureau at the Iowa Department of Public Safety for further validation.
Hospital had a 38-year-old subject come in with sores in his mouth. Subject recalled opening a letter on 10-4-01, with a white powdery substance. At the time of opening the mail, subject had a 9-month-old infant on his lap. The child also had sores in his mouth. Local officials consulted with Iowa Department of Public Health. Biopsy to be performed on sores on 10-16-01. FBI notified. State assistance was needed for technical assistance for handling possible anthrax contaminated letter.
Burlington Hospital had a subject come in with a suspicious letter – possibly containing a white powdery substance. Letter packaged, sealed and given to the local police department for proper handling.
Individual was shredding letters and noticed a white powdery substance. Proper authorities were contacted. HazMat decontaminated the personnel and site and double bagged the substance. FBI determined that substance needed no further testing.
Individual reported a red unknown substance in his pickup truck east of Iowa City. Substance placed in plastic bag for testing. Proper authorities were notified.
Resident reported a suspicious piece of mail. Local law enforcement was notified to handle situation.
Suspicious letter received by the Veteran’s Affairs Office in Clinton, Iowa. Letter secured and triple bagged. Proper authorities were notified.
Propane tank exploded at a farm near Sanborn, Iowa. House was totally destroyed, but was vacant at time of incident. Local law enforcement and fire responded. State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted to investigate. The County Emergency Management Coordinator sent an IOWA system message to provide HazMat information to DNR. No other state assistance was required.
Safety Director for the Simonson Company in Quimby, Iowa, reported a suspicious telephone call from a subject who stated he was on a vacation from South Africa. The Simonson Company makes bobtail delivery tanks for propane and store considerable quantities of propane to be used for testing the tanks they build. The subject made inquiries about propane tanks, but they were not the usual questions a buyer would ask. The information was passed on to DPS Intel.
Resident in Emmetsburg, Iowa draws cartoons for newspapers and magazines. He received mail from the company in Florida during the time period that anthrax was detected there. He wondered if the mail should be tested. Advised to follow the protocol.
Intersection of I-35 and Hwy. 18 near Clear Lake, Iowa. Tipped tanker spilled 8,000 gallons of refined fuels (diesel fuel and gasoline). Fire Department had it contained. No release and no injuries. Reported to the DNR. DNR representative responded to the site.
A white powdery substance was found at the post office in Dubuque. The HazMat team responded, triple-bagged the substance, and the post office was cleaned. There was some confusion about who would transport the evidence. After conference call with all involved the Dubuque Police agreed to transport to the University Hygienic Lab in Iowa City.
An employee of the Des Moines Post Office thought he might have been exposed to anthrax after handling some mail from Kansas City. Person was taken to Mercy Hospital for examination.
Log of weekend calls received by the EMD Duty Officer. 1) Informational call from Polk County Sheriff’s Office regarding a woman who came to the Mercy Hospital emergency room with a bag of clothes that she thought may have been contaminated with anthrax spores. 2) Call from Johnson County emergency management as a part of an exercise. 3) Call received from National Guard stating personnel and associated expenses to provide airport coverage for Mason City and Fort Dodge would be federalized beginning 11-6-01. 4) Call received from Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy regarding a white powder found on a pallet of cardboard boxes at IBP. The Sheriff worked with the County Coordinator on the issue.
Lee County Public Health reported that they received a call from the Fort Madison Police Department stating that a resident received a free Hallmark book. When the book was opened it contained a white powdery substance. The book was double bagged and in the possession of the Police Department. They sought guidance from Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Public Safety per established Iowa guidelines for anthrax.
A fire on Main Street in Essex, Iowa. Several buildings were destroyed and 2-3 more had severe smoke damage. Extensive mutual aid called from neighboring towns. Red Cross on site to provide food to the workers. Requested tankers full of water, possibly from a nearby National Guard location. Pottawattamie County responded with 1500 gallon and 750 gallon tanker trucks. Also, an 8,000-gallon tanker was used to transport water from Michael’s Foods in Taylor County. Adequate resources arrived on the scene. County to provide EMD a follow-up report.
Train derailment east of the rail yard in Clinton, Iowa. Involved 15 cars, which were in upright position but leaning. No hazardous materials, no public roads blocked, and no injuries. Incident reported by Union Pacific Railroad. No state assistance requested.
Fire in the Old Capitol building in Iowa City caused from a welder doing construction work. No one missing, no injuries or fatalities. No state assistance needed.
A release of ammonia at Iowa Quality Meats in Clive, Iowa. Incident was contained on site with company-trained personnel. EMD Duty Officer provided information to DNR.
Anhydrous pipeline ruptured near Algona, Iowa. Koch Brother Pipeline on site. County Coordinator, DNR, EMD Administrator and Governor’s Office were notified. No state assistance needed.
Three-car derailment in Story County, by 190th Street. No injuries or fatalities. No chemicals – only grain. Union Pacific, EMD Administrator and DOT notified. No state assistance requested.
Train struck a field truck that contained 1,700 gallons of product (gasoline to #2 fuel oil). State Patrol, County Sheriff and local police department closed access to the area and re-routed traffic around it. DNR notified. Some concern because spill took place only 35 feet from a residential area with wooden homes. No further state assistance requested.
Two semis collided at mile marker 55.5 on Interstate 35. Material spilled primarily on the road and was absorbed by the cardboard boxes and food products the semi was carrying. No state assistance requested.
Otoe County in Nebraska
Fire and explosion at a tire-recycling center in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Approximately 30 workers in the area were evacuated. Twelve fire fighters were injured during an explosion. Iowa was notified due to a wind shift change causing tire smoke to blow into Iowa. State of Iowa was notified as a precautionary measure as the wind changed and could have caused unsafe driving conditions on I-29 due to the smoke. EPA monitored the situation. Iowa DNR was notified. No health and safety issues for Iowa. Iowa DOT informed of the situation.
Bomb scare at the Iowa Ham Packing Facility – Independence, Iowa. County EOC was activated. Police, fire department, and bomb squad handled the scene. Evacuated 180 employees and took them to designated shelter. No credible threat was found. No state assistance requested.
Large private plane crashed near the southwest runway at the Ames airport due to poor visibility. The plane came in low and struck power lines. No injuries. Unknown quantity of jet fuel spilled on city of Ames property. Approximately 100 local residents were without power. Ames Police and Fire on scene. FAA and Story County Emergency Management were notified. FAA requested security for the site throughout the evening until investigators could arrive in the morning. No state assistance requested.
Notification of unusual event at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station. Iowa Department of Public Health, Harrison County Dispatch Center, Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Coordinator, and Iowa Emergency Management Administrator notified. No state assistance requested.
Chemical release at the Equistar Chemical Company – Clinton, Iowa. A valve was mistakenly left open. Sulfur Dioxide was being released into the air. No threat to the public. DNR notified. No state assistance requested.
Emergency Locate Transmitter
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducting a mission to search for an Emergency Locate Transmitter (ELT). ELT was found in the tail section of a helicopter, which was loaded on a trailer, being transported across country. CAP worked with State Patrol to locate and stop vehicle east of Newton. Mission closed.
Chemical spill at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel – 7th and Locust. Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator, Des Moines HazMat, Fire Department and area ambulances responded to the scene. Chemical spill was in and around the pool area resulting from accidental mixing of chemicals – thought to be chlorine and muratic acid. There were 15-30 people with minor injuries – mostly children. All were transported to area hospitals for treatment and evaluation. Motel guests sheltered in place. No state assistance requested.
Train with three locomotives and some empty grain cars derailed blocking intersection on County Road B14 in the city of Burt. All three locomotives remained upright and there were no HazMat issues. Union Pacific officials contacted IDOT, National Response Center and Kossuth County Emergency Management Coordinator. No state assistance requested.
Severe storms in cities of Newton and Lambs Grove. County Emergency Management Coordinator reported that approximately 600 homes were without power. Twelve homes had major damage and 12 mobile homes were damaged. The Tony Oskam Sign Company was destroyed. Many victims of the damages sought shelter with friends or in motels. Possible request for inmates to help with debris clearance to the curbside.
Severe storms swept through New Virginia, Indianola, and sporadically around Warren County. There was minor damage to several homes and 2 businesses with minor damage. A semi was blown off the road and the driver was transported to the hospital with injuries. No state assistance requested.
Interstate 35 shut down north of the 111-mile marker to the Minnesota border because of blizzard conditions and a multiple vehicle accident with a fatality involved. Also, southbound traffic south of Highway 20 was temporarily closed due to a multiple vehicle accident. IDOT was needed for barrier assistance.
Emergency Locate Transmitter
Civil Air Patrol notified EMD of an emergency distress signal for an aircraft near Clarinda. CAP dispatched an aircrew and a ground crew. There was a negative finding on the mission. No state assistance requested.
Car/train accident near Nevada, Iowa. The train consisted of 2 locomotives and 67 cars, which remained on the tracks. There were 3 people in the car – all were injured, but none with life threatening injuries. Governor’s Office and IDOT were briefed on the incident. No state assistance requested.
An employee of the University of Iowa Alumni Association located on campus in Levitt Hall opened an envelope and thought she saw a “mist” or “cloud” of powder rise from the envelope. U of I Public Safety, Johnson County Health Department, and Iowa City Fire Department and HazMat were notified. As a precautionary measure, Levitt Hall was evacuated with the exception of the employee who opened the envelope and any co-workers in the immediate area. Letter was double-bagged and sent to U of I Hygienic Lab for testing. The employee and co-workers were offered, but declined medical attention based on the results of the preliminary test. Results of the test proved negative for the presence of anthrax.
Wide spread storms throughout the state. No damages reported. No state assistance requested.
Spill involving liquid nitrogen occurred near Lamont, Iowa. Spill was cleaned up with the assistance of DNR. No state assistance requested.
A truck carrying a farm solution of 32% liquid nitrogen rolled over on Hickory Road, North of Toterville, spilling 2,400 gallons into the ditch and fields. The truck was owned by Northern County COOP. Iowa DNR on the scene. No injuries reported. No state assistance requested.
Buchanan County involved in a line of severe weather. There was light wind damage affecting out buildings and 2 vehicles. No state assistance requested.
Scott County Sheriff requested a National Guard helicopter to do a fly over of the pipe bomb crime scenes – wanted to photograph the area. Governor’s office and National Guard Duty Officer informed of request. Received a call from National Guard stating that the flight was postponed until at least Monday, May 6th, due to a request from the FBI to not disturb the crime scenes.
State Fire Marshal’s Office reported to EMD the potential device located in a mailbox of a residence in Sioux City. The suspicious object was described as a cylindrical type of device 4-6” long with a circumference of a can cooler holder with wires protruding from it. USPIS, FBI, ATF, SCPD, SCFD, and Sioux City HazMat, and Fire Marshal’s Office bomb tech were on the scene. County Coordinator reported that they detonated the device a couple of times and nothing happened. It was a hoax.
County Coordinator reported straight-line winds came through the Franklin County area and caused some uprooting of trees, minor shingle damages, one house and one barn damaged. No state assistance requested.
A tanker trailer tipped during a routine disconnect from the tractor, spilling 20 gallons of Roundup, which is not a regulated substance. DNR and Des Moines County Coordinator contacted. No follow up needed.
City of Dawson – According to local officials and State DNR representatives, there was an attempt to release muratic acid into the City’s water system and water tower. The facility (pump house) was broken into through the roof, where the perpetrators mixed muratic acid and Clorox bleach and then attempted to pump the mixture into the system using an external tank. As the perpetrators began attempting to pump this into the system, the pumps lost their prime and were not able to ‘suck’ any of this mixture into the system. Then the perpetrators exited the structure by kicking the door down. The perpetrators then dumped the remaining quantity of muratic acid (less than 1 gallon) into the overnight drop slot at the local post office. The City’s water system was shut down for testing. Local sheriff investigated the situation. Tests completed and there was no threat to the public’s health and safety. Clean up completed. Investigation led by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. No state assistance requested.
A dump truck hit three vehicles in Missouri Valley and spilled 80 gallons of diesel on the railroad right of way. DNR notified. HazMat and Hydraulic Risk Management responded to the scene. The driver of the dump truck was injured – taken to local hospital and released. No state assistance requested.
EMD Administrator asked Iowa DOT to rescind a security alert for small aircraft that had been issued earlier in the day. Alert was rescinded.
County Coordinator reported the following damage due to flash flooding: 1 resident had damage to basement, car and outbuilding; 1 residence had damage to outbuilding; 2 miles of railroad closed due to washouts; some washouts to county roads; 1 triple culvert washed out. No state assistance requested.
A letter containing a white powdery substance was opened in City Hall. Postal Inspector assigned with the FBI was on site and the letter was transported to the USDA lab in Ames. No state assistance requested.
A pedestrian walked onto the train tracks at the Carroll Street Crossing in the Boone sub-division of Carroll, Iowa. A witness described to the Carroll City Police Department, “She turned toward the train, folded her arms in front of her and waited for the train to hit her.” The accident has been listed as a suicide. No state assistance requested.