Disaster Assistance
Disaster Assistance

The DNR provides expertise, resources and assistance during natural disasters that impact Iowa, such as floods and tornadoes. This page provides links for important information related to Iowa disaster response.

DNR's Role in Disaster Response and Recovery

DNR's focus is to protect Iowa's natural resources - clean air, land and water and a diverse wildlife and natural environment. Following a disaster the DNR will work with the local community and other partner agencies to begin clean-up. If a community's water or waste water infrastructure is damaged, the DNR will work with them to determine the impact, plan for immediate community needs, and plan to repair or rebuild infrastructure. Debris collection sites, tree and brush burn sites and solid waste collection sites will be established with DNR assistance.

Are you prepared for the tornados and flooding spring and summer often brings? Each of the tabs below have information on preparing for, responding to, and recovery from common Iowa weather.

The best way to RESPOND to a disaster is to PREPARE for it.

Current Disaster Declarations:
For information on disaster declarations and proclamations visit the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management website.

Many of the disasters that occur in Iowa leave behind similar debris. This tab contains information helpful to those dealing with that debris.  For specific information preparing for, responding to, and recovery from Flooding, Drought, Tornado/Wind Damage, Winter Storms or Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks please check the appropriate tabs.

Waste Disposal and Tree and Shrub Burning:

Disposal of Household Debris and Waste Materials:

Clean-up of Asbestos Containing Materials:

General Health and Safety:

Links to Federal Agency Information (FEMA, EPA, and CDC):

Floods can occur in many areas of Iowa not just along small streams, rivers and lakes. A blocked storm sewer can cause waters to rise and create unsafe driving conditions. This tab contains information specific to flood related disasters.  Additional information common to all disasters is contained in the general tab.

Flood Protective Measures:

Flood Monitoring:


Flood Recovery:

Rebuilding After a Flood:

  • Flood Plain Assistance or 1-866-849-0321 - Assistance and approval information for the repair, maintenance and construction of flood damaged homes in a flood plain.
  • SRF and Flood Repair - Information on restructuring existing State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans, using SRF loans as match for FEMA funds, using SRF funds as short-term loans to be repaid with FEMA grants, and using SRF loans to pay for repairs.
  • Flooded UST Systems Policy and Procedures 03 30 15.pdf - Information for owners and operators on what to do before putting a flooded UST system back into operation.
  • Emergency Haying and Grazing on DNR Land.

Links to Federal Agency Information (FEMA, EPA, and CDC):

Droughts not only impact crops, parks, and lawns they can also impact a community's ability to fight fires and provide drinking water.  Information about droughts and response to drought conditions are discussed on this tab.  General information about responding to and recovery from disasters is located in under the General tab.

Water Summary Update is a graphical overview of the status of Iowa’s water resources and supplies. It is published every two weeks or as conditions change during drought conditions. The Water Summary Update is prepared by the Iowa DNR in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.

State Agency Resources:     

Weather Forecast Information:

Crop and Water Resource Information:

Links to Federal Agency Information (FEMA, EPA, and CDC): 

Tornados and wind storms can be devastating to individuals and communities.  This tab provides general information about protecting yourself during a tornado/wind storm and information about recovering from a tornado/wind storm. 

Protecting Yourself from a Tornado:

Recovering from a Tornado:

Additional information on recovering from tornadoes and wind storms can be found under the "General" disaster tab.

Links to Federal Agency Information (FEMA, EPA, and CDC):


Winter storms can impact Iowans from October through April and include: blizzards, heavy snow events, and ice storms.  This tab provides information on preparing for, protection during and recovering from winter storms.

Winter Storm Protective Measures:

Travel Resources:

Winter Storm Recovery:

Links to Federal Agency Information (FEMA, EPA, and CDC):

The Iowa DNR partners with producers and local, state, and federal agencies to plan for foreign animal disease outbreaks.   When an outbreak occurs in Iowa the impact can be felt locally, nationally and internationally.  The Iowa DNR develops plans to reduce impacts to wildlife, properly dispose of carcasses and protect Iowa’s natural resources during a response to an outbreak.  

The recent highly-pathogenic avian influenza virus that emerged in the United States in December 2014 peaked in late spring/early summer of 2015 impacting primarily domestic poultry in 15 states.  The largest number of facilities impacted were in Minnesota (105 facilities).  However Iowa had the largest number of poultry euthanized (approximately 32 million).  The outbreak will be felt for several years as larger egg laying operations recover.  The Iowa DNR and several of its partner agencies are working with producer groups to be better prepared in the event a new outbreak occurs. 


Key Partner Agencies:

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship   

Iowa Department of Public Health

USDA Disaster Webpage

National Wildlife Health Center

US Animal Health Association

General Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak info

Interactive Burial Zone Map - Maps designed to aid livestock producers in determining if burial of carcasses is appropriate at their site.

Center for Food Safety & Public Health - Accurate information on transboundary animal diseases and zoonotic diseases

Avian Influenza Information

Avian Influenza Information
Status/Fact Sheets Planning Resources Precautions
National Wildlife Health Center - USGS

 Avian Influenza Response Quick Guide

Recommendations for Hunters (USDA)
Avian Influenza - World Health Organization

 Composting of Poultry.pdf

ISU Avian Influenza Resources
 National Wildlife Health Center Field Manual - Avian Influenza    


Chronic Wasting Disease

Iowa DNR Chronic Wasting Disease Information

National Wildlife Health Center - CWD

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)

Iowa DNR Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Information