Severe weather is common in Iowa and the Midwest, from spring and summer tornadoes, hail storms and excessive heat to the blizzards of winter. Being prepared and aware of predicted weather events are key to staying safe.
December 2021 Storm
- Iowa Concern Hotline - 800-447-1985
- Disaster Declaration/Emergency Relief Funds
- Power Outage and Food Safety
- Winter Survival Kit for your Car
Tree and Landscape Damage
- Tips from an Expert: Forest and Landscape Damage
- Managing Storm Damaged Woodlands
- Forestry Storm Resources (right side of page)
- Integrated Crop Management Storm Damage Resources – Storm damage resources for the August 2020 derecho include: safety and well-being, disease and insect management, grain storage considerations, evaluating crop damage, nutrients and fertility information, silage options and additional topics and resources being developed daily. Check this page often for more information.
- Integrated Crop Management News or the Integrated Crop Management Blog - Subscribe for updates sent right to your inbox.
- Practical Guidelines to File Crop Insurance Losses Due to the Derecho
- USDA Risk Management Agency – Derecho FAQ
- Crop insurance coverage-frequently asked questions
Farm Structures and Facilities
- Grain bin repair companies
This list should not be considered an endorsement for any of the companies mentioned. This is simply an offering of possible opportunities and was compiled by our ag engineering staff. If you represent a company that does grain bin repair and would like to be added to the list, please contact Kapil Arora.
Home and Yard
- Tree and Woodland Storm Recovery Resources
- Managing Storm-Damaged Trees -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes – Extension publication by Jeff Iles
- All-Hazards Booklet, from the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University, this 100 page booklet was developed as a resource for citizens of rural agricultural communities. The booklets’ four sections contain an overview of a particular hazard and several informational handouts in a check list format to help guide individuals in preparing for a particular hazard before it occurs, during the event, and recovering from the situation.
- Understanding Farm Mediation - video explaining the mediation process and resources to guide the process
- Disaster Designation Information - USDA Farm Service Agency
While you still have power and internet access, visit the sites below for easy steps to prepare for extreme cold/winter conditions. Start by ensuring that you and your family are “ready” for winter. Then think about your office, vehicle, home, and buildings. Steps you take today can help for months to come.
- All Hazards – Resources for Rural Communities to Prepare for Winter Storms
- Winter-Storms-and-Your-Family (2 pages)
- Winter-Storms-and-Your-Livestock (1 page)
- Winter-Storms-and-Your-Business (1 page)
- Iowa Department of Transportation – Traveler Information or call 5-1-1 (Download the free app for iPhone or Android)
- Ready.gov power outage resources from the Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Motor Vehicles: Winterize your vehicle