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Winter Weather Awareness Day November 8, 2018

Prepare now for winter weather

Soon, winter will return to Iowa. The change in seasons can produce winter storms, blizzards, ice storms, periods of extremely cold temperatures, and dangerous wind chills. Frostbite, hypothermia, and motor vehicle accidents pose real threats to the safety of all Iowans. Being prepared at home and on the road can mean the difference between life and death.

Winter weather information from the National Weather Service offices serving Iowa can be found on the National Weather Service website. Check your local National Weather Service Office for more information.

Additional winter weather information can be found on the Winter Weather page.

Winter weather safety tips:
*Stay indoors when possible.
*Dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, light-weight clothing.
*Avoid overexertion; cold weather puts added strain on the heart. If you do shovel snow, be sure to take frequent breaks.
*Keep dry, and change wet clothing frequently to prevent loss of body heat.
*Don’t drive in bad weather if it’s not necessary. The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents.
*Have your vehicle systems checked by a mechanic, and install good winter tires.
*Maintain at least half a tank of gas at all times.
*Keep an emergency supply kit in your car.

Click here for a Guide to Winter Driving

Click here for a Guide for Your Safety

 

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Financial assistance available for those affected by July tornadoes, Newton Daily News Reporter Christopher Braunschweig

Eligible businesses, homeowners encouraged to apply by SBA

Damaged businesses and residents affected by the July 19 tornadoes in Jasper, Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek, Story and Tama Counties have been offered low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

According to a July 30 news release, the Washington, D.C.-based government agency acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request received by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on July 25, allowing businesses, entrepreneurs, most private nonprofit organizations, renters and homeowners, whose property was destroyed or damaged in the affected counties, to receive assistance.

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said in the release, “SBA is strongly committed to providing Iowa with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster. Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

Representatives of SBA have set up a Disaster Loan Outreach Center Aug. 1 at Fisher Community Center, 709 S. Center St., in Marshalltown. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, officials will be able to meet with those affected by the storm in person to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and walk through the application process to its completion.

The deadline for filing a physical property damage application is Sept. 28. The economic injury application filing deadline is April 30, 2019.

SBA Public Information Officer Burl Kelton said financial loans can sometimes be overlooked by individuals and businesses who are in the middle of recovering their losses or trying to return things back to normal, especially small businesses.

“Because this is a disaster-only type of situation — unless they’ve been through it before — a lot of times they don’t know about it,” Kelton said. “We go through the whole process of trying to get the word out and let folks know that it’s here.”

Businesses of all sizes, as well as private nonprofit organizations like charities, churches and private universities, are eligible for SBA disaster loans. Borrowed funds up to $2 million can be used to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the eligible business owners, including real estate, equipment, machinery, supplies and inventories. Home loans are limited up to $200,000 for repair and replacement of real estate and up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.

SBA can also lend additional cash reserves to businesses and homeowners to improve the protection, prevention or minimization of the same type of disaster damage from happening again.

Small businesses — including small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofits — are offered Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to assist in meeting working capital needs caused by a declared disaster. Economic injury assistance, the news release states, is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Acceptable credit history, ability to repay all loans and collateral for physical loss loans and EIDL loans exceeding $25,000 are required by all applicants. Loan terms up to a maximum of 30 years; the only exception being a maximum of seven years for businesses with credit elsewhere. Installment payment amounts and their maturity will be set by SBA and be based upon individual borrower’s abilities to repay loans.

Kelton said interest rates are held at two levels: no credit elsewhere and credit elsewhere individuals. The distinction between the two is determined by whether the business or homeowner has available resources to recover. Typically, SBA interest rates are higher by those who have credit elsewhere.

No credit elsewhere home loan interest rates for this particular disaster are set at 1.938 percent; credit elsewhere rate is set at 3.875 percent. Business loans for no credit and credit interest rates are 3.610 and 7.22 percent; economic injury loans for businesses and small agricultural cooperatives are also set at 3.610 percent. Nonprofit loan interest rates are fixed at 2.5 percent.

“It’s voluntary and you apply for however much you’re eligible for and there’s no obligation,” Kelton said. “So, if you’re in the processing of trying to get a livable space or take care of some other things, you can make that application and find out what you’re eligible for … There’s no rush. We can work with folks after the loan application and they find out what they’re eligible for to determine what would work best for them. It’s another tool in the recovery toolbox and could be a real big help.”

For more information, those affected by tornado damages in the aforementioned counties are asked to call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, apply online using the Electronic Loan Application at https://disasterloan.sba or visit the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to speak with an SBA representative in Marshalltown.

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or cbraunschweig@newtondailynews.com

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Saving the Whole Family Disaster Preparedness

NATURE AND LIFE HAVE FURY DAYS

Tornadoes, floods, fires, blizzards, terrorism… Devastating natural and man-made disasters can ravage

our lives. No one is exempt from the possibility of being personally affected. You need to prepare for yourself and

for your animals in case of disaster. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has

developed this booklet to help you avoid having to leave your animals stranded in the event of a disaster or an

evacuation. For the most current information click on the link below

Saving the whole family

additional websites avma.org

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20 Weeks to Preparedness

Develop An Emergency Kit-SAFEGUARD Iowa Partnership

This emergency supplies calendar is intended to help you prepare for emergencies before they happen. Using the calendar, you can assemble an emergency supplies kit in small steps over a five-month period. Check off items you gather each week. Remember to change and replace perishable supplies by the expiration date. Suggested food purchases would provide meals for approximately three to five days.

Click on the link below to print off a copy of the list.

20 WEEKS ONLINE PRINT VERSION

For more information visit Safeguard Iowa on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.safeguardiowa.org.

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Alert Iowa Weather Update-Includes NWS Link to Show Towns Impacted

Inspiron Logistics has updated their weather alerts. When a weather alert is received on someone’s phone in addition to the usual text an URL link will now be embedded in the message. If the URL is clicked on, a web browser message will appear that will show the entire script from the National Weather Service. This will include the towns impacted and potential impacts of the storm. This will provide a lot more detail to residents. Rather than just receiving an alert that says their county is impacted and not knowing what the impacts might be or if their town is going to be hit. 

Now is the time for residents to sign up for emergency alerts if they have not done so previously. Please visit the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency’s website at www.jasperema-hls.org and click on the Alert Iowa button in the top right hand corner of the homepage. You can also type in the link below to register.

 

Sign up for emergency alerts for Jasper County.
Messages can be issued via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, FAX, TDD/TTY, and social media.
http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/jasper_ia/wens.cfm

 

 

 

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i-SERV in Jasper County

PRESS RELEASE

Date: 11/22/2016

From: Jasper County Emergency Preparedness Coalition

To: Local Media and Community Providers

 

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Jasper County is in need of volunteers to sign up with the Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers (i-SERV). The Iowa Department of Public Health’s secure online registry for individuals wishing to volunteer in the event of a large scale disaster or public health emergency.  As of October 1, 2016 there are 2,233 volunteers registered in iSERV. i-SERV is part of a federal effort to coordinate and assemble volunteers for all types of emergencies.

The i-SERV on-line registration includes questions about basic personal information and professional skills. Volunteers have the ability to decide travel distance and length of deployment. Based on the information provided, public health officials will identify and contact those individuals suited to fill the specific volunteer roles needed in an emergency.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer. An emphasis is currently being placed on the recruitment of licensed medical and healthcare volunteers that will satisfy clinical needs and provide surge capacity for public health emergencies. However, volunteers who do not have any medical training are welcomed and are encouraged to register. There will be a need for volunteers with all types of skills and expertise, such as those who are skilled in: interpretation (languages and hearing impaired); administration; transportation training; provision of day care; security; computers; clerical work; data entry; and construction. All volunteers are valued, even if you have no specific qualifications other than the willingness to help.

If you would like to sign up, please visit the following website https://iaserv.org/

 

If you have additional questions, please contact Becky Pryor at Jasper County Health Department at (641)787-9224.

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Jasper County EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

testlighteningThe Alert Iowa system provides city officials with the ability to provide pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the entire city. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for WENS/Alert Iowa Alerts to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications when alerts are issued. Sign up here
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