To understand the impact of flooding on western Iowa business and industry, ISU Extension Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) surveyed more than 190 companies in six counties.
“Some manufacturers have moved warehouses or operations, others are thinking about where to relocate if they need to move out of the way of flooding,” said Ruth Wilcox, CIRAS program manager. They’re also concerned about employee stress.
CIRAS identifies obstacles to companies being able to exceed pre-disaster production levels and conveys industry needs to local, state and federal agencies, organizations and people providing support and resources. For companies that don’t have business continuity plans in place, CIRAS offers a checklist of priority actions to take.