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Disaster Recovery-Excessive Heat

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Heat Awareness

In Iowa, it gets hot in the summertime. Sometimes, very hot. Doing too much on a hot day, spending too much time, in the sun or staying too long in an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States.

Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Also, asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures.

The best defense against heat-related illnesses is prevention. You can be prepared by knowing the symptoms of heat disorders and overexposure to the sun, and being ready go give first aid treatment.



Safety & Health Messages

  • Before it Gets Hot
  • During Hot Weather
  • Children and Cars: A Lethal Combination
  • Know the Signs and Symptoms of Heat Illness


Excessive Heat

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After the Disaster

After the immediate danger of a disaster has passed, individuals should continue to exercise caution in their homes and communities to stay safe during the clean-up and recovery process.

Evacuation, Sheltering, and Post-Disaster Safety

What to do if Evacuation is Necessary Because of a Storm

How to Shelter-In-Place

Food & Water Safety During/Post Disaster

Emergency Sanitation


Report Damage


News Releases

Road Closures

Radio Stations

Television Stations

Social Media Hub

Volunteer Opportunities

24/7 Disaster Crisis Counseling  800-447-1985


What to Do When There is Flooding

  • Avoid floodwaters. Do not let children play in the water.
  • Be aware of areas where water has receded. Roadways may have weakened and could collapse.
  • Avoid downed power lines and muddy water where power lines may have fallen.
  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Discard food that may have been contaminated.
  • Check on sewage systems. If damaged, these can be a serious hazard.
    Additional Information:
    Link pdf documents with additional information

After a Thunderstorm or Tornado

  • Assess your immediate environment.
  • Report fallen trees, flooded streets, or damaged public utilities to the proper department.
  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations and your NOAA Weather Radio for updated information.
  • Review your Family Emergency Plan and follow through with your Communications Plan. If all of your family members are not present, report to your family's pre-designated meeting point, unless emergency officials direct otherwise.
  • Assess any damage to your home or immediate surroundings. Be aware of any potential hazards such as ruptured gas lines, structural damage to your home, downed electrical lines, and localized flooding. Immediately report hazards via 9-1-1. Advise your family and neighbors as well.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report injured or trapped persons. Give first aid where appropriate, but do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger. Never enter any building that appears to have suffered structural damage or that poses any other hazards.
  • Do not enter any disaster area. Your presence there will simply add to the confusion and may hamper emergency response efforts. A public message will be broadcast in the event that volunteers are needed.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Once you have notified your pre-identified emergency contact person that you are okay, let him or her notify other family or loved ones. Telephones are frequently overwhelmed in a disaster situation and need to be clear for emergency calls to get through.
    Additional Information:
    Link pdf  documents with additional information.

For More Information on Recovering from Disasters:

Disaster Assistance

In addition to the self-help efforts of individuals and families and the efforts of local government, voluntary agencies are a key part of the effective response to and recovery from a disaster.

Voluntary agencies such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and other Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are an essential part of any disaster relief effort, providing critical assistance with food, shelter, clothing, household items, medical expenses, clean-up, repairs, and rebuilding.

Some voluntary agencies are available to assist in emergencies in all communities; others may only be able to assist in disasters that affect specific regional areas. Voluntary agencies assist whether or not there has been a presidential disaster declaration, coordinating with each other and with government officials to meet a community’s disaster needs. If you have had a disaster, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross or other social service agencies. You can obtain the numbers of these agencies by looking in your local phone book.

Some public assistance recipients may be eligible for assistance from the Iowa Department of Human Services. If you are a public assistance recipient who has been through a disaster, contact your case worker for additional information.

If a disaster is of sufficient magnitude to warrant a presidential disaster or emergency declaration, federal disaster assistance programs may be made available to help individuals, families, homeowners, renters, businesses, and units of government recover from the disaster. The programs that may be available are Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers an American Sign Language video with answers to frequently asked questions about Federal Disaster Assistance.

Individual Assistance Programs

Individual Assistance Programs include grant programs administered by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a loan program administered by the Small Business Administration. These programs provide assistance to individuals, families, homeowners, renters, and businesses. If these programs are included in a presidential declaration, the public will be notified of the declaration through the local media. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) - Apply for Assistance web page provides detailed information on the Individual Assistance Programs.

Public Assistance Programs

The Public Assistance Program makes grants available to state agencies, local government organizations, and certain private non-profit organizations that incurred costs or damage as a result of the disaster. Units of government and eligible private non-profit organizations within the area declared a disaster will be contacted by state and local officials so that they may apply for grants. Detailed information on the Public Assistance Program may be found on the web at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Public Assistance Program.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the grants is to implement measures to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. Find detailed information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) - Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

For Additional Information (FEMA)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Financial Planning: A Guide for Disaster Preparedness - American Red Cross


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