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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.

Current Disasters in Iowa

Current Disaster Declarations: 

As Iowa enters the Fall and Winter seasons the risk of severe weather increases.  For information on preparing for and responding to these risks check out the informational tabs below.  The Best way to respond to a disaster is to Prepare for it.

Federal Agency Pages:

This tab contains information helpful to those dealing with a variety of disasters.  For specific information on Flooding, Drought, Tornado/Wind Damage, or Winter Storms please check those tabs.

Disposal of Debris and Waste Materials:

Clean-up of Asbestos Containing Materials:

Tree and Shrub Burning:

General Health and Safety:

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

This tab contains information specific to flood related disasters.  Additional information common to all disasters is contained in the general tab.

Ice Jams: 

Flood Protective Measures:


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.

Flood Monitoring:

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. 

DNR's Role in Tornado/Wind Storm Disaster Recovery

Following a tornado or wind storm disaster the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will work with the local community and other state agencies to begin clean-up.  Debris collection sites, tree and brush burn sites, and solid waste collection sites will be established with DNR assistance.  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 for repairing or rebuilding the infrastructure.

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.

The Department of Natural Resources focuses on disaster debris removal and disposal, water and wastewater protection and recovery, and natural resource monitoring.  During a disaster, DNR staff assist other agencies as requested.

Winter Storm Protective Measures:

Travel Resources:

Winter Storm Recovery:

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