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Disaster Proclamation

Governor Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Jasper County in response to a severe weather system that moved across Iowa and caused widespread damage August 10. The proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website:

Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit

Residents of Jasper County are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information is being collected by the Jasper County Emergency Operations Center and Jasper County Emergency Management. The form can be found at:

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EMA Receives United Way of Jasper County Grant for Reusable Gowns for the County

United Way Provides Grant for Reusable Gowns for the County

The Jasper County Emergency Management Agency received a $13,200 grant from United Way of Jasper County through their Special Needs Fund to assist with response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will allow the EMA to permanently close an essential personal protective equipment (PPE) gap for the County public safety agencies, long term care facilities, and MercyOne Newton Medical Center.

The purpose is to coordinate the response to disasters that occur in the County. One of the areas of focus was ensuring PPE was available to frontline healthcare providers, including EMS, long term care facilities, and the hospital.

EMA worked diligently to find a source for 600 reusable, washable gowns when it became apparent that disposable isolation gowns were in increasing demand.

“During our response, there were many shortages in essential PPE – not only in Jasper County but nationwide,” said Josh Harding, EMA Program Coordinator.  “As the pandemic progressed, the PPE needs change and there became a large need for isolation gowns that protect healthcare providers while treating patients.”

“We were able to request disposable gowns from the State, but it became a goal to purchase and distribute reusable, washable gowns for EMS, long term care facilities, and the hospital,” stated Harding. “By finding a more permanent solution, we could ensure that healthcare providers had a consistent supply of gowns to keep them safe.”

“The United Way of Jasper County has been committed to serving the people of Jasper County in meaningful ways during the pandemic,” said Jessica Lowe Vokes, executive director of United Way of Jasper County. “The purchase of the PPE gowns will help ensure our EMS, medical, and nursing home staffs have the protection they need now and in the future. I am proud that United Way was able to step up and meet this need when others could not.”

Media Release: Danielle Rogers, Public Information Officer, Jasper County Emergency Operations Center 6-9-2020

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2019 Coronavirus Situation Update

CORONAVIRUS-19 Current Information Page click here




Gov. Reynolds issues a State of  Public Health Disaster Emergency click here.


Illness Prevention: Promote and practice illness prevention strategies. The best way to prevent ANY illness is
to avoid being exposed to a virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of
respiratory viruses including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading your illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:
  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (That is three full days of fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers).
  • Other symptoms have improved ( for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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Preparedness Information

Be Prepared All Year Long

Gov. Kim Reynolds has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa.

Iowa’s Preparedness Month is held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month, which was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies. Iowa’s Preparedness Month is sponsored each year by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD), the Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA), the Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP), and the National Weather Service (NWS).

“We all have a role to play in the preparedness of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our state,” said HSEMD Director Joyce Flinn. “While we can’t control the weather and its impacts, we can plan ahead so we know how to survive when emergencies and disasters occur.”

Thomas Craighton, president of IEMA and Hardin County Emergency Management Director, said that while local emergency managers help to ensure responders in each county are ready for emergencies and disasters, citizens have a role to play, too. “Disasters begin and end in our neighborhoods and home towns,” said Craighton. “It’s important that citizens take responsibility for their own preparedness.”

During Preparedness Month, HSEMD, IEMA, SIP, and NWS are urging Iowans to take simple steps to ensure they and their families are prepared. Those steps are to make an emergency plan, build an emergency kit, and be aware of hazards in your area. For more on the three simple steps to preparedness, visit More Information can also be found at  (select the Readiness Tab) or on Facebook at and Twitter at hash tags #NatlPrep and #ReadyIA.

For more information on Preparedness Month sponsors, visit:


For Ready Wrigley Checklists click on the this link.

Backpack Emergency Card

Click on this link for a pdf to print out.



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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.


For more information visit Safeguard Iowa on Facebook, Twitter, or at

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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 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.




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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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