As the Missouri River continues to rise to threatening levels, it's important to know the resources available. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is committed to providing people living with MS and their families with key information to help prepare for further flooding issues.
The Iowa Emergency Management Agency has set up a concern hotline to answer questions about flooding around the state. You can call 800-447-1985 for information on flooding already occurring and potential flooding expected as water levels increase across Iowa. Calls will be taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Things to keep in mind…
- Check with Local Authorities for Best Routes to Evacuate.
- Know Your Flood Risk – Call your local emergency management office for information about flooding. Be vigilant of media reports monitoring the situation and estimated date/time of arrival.
- Move Valuable Items to Higher Locations– Move irreplaceable items, tax records, insurance policies and household inventories to high shelves or even an attic. Make copies and store them in a water proof container in another location not likely to flood. In the event your home is in danger of being completely flooded take valuables to another site out of the flood risk area.
- Discuss Safe Emergency Procedures – Know where electric fuse boxes, water service mains and natural gas mains are located and how to turn them off.
- Assemble Supplies for a Possible Evacuation - Gather water, nonperishable food, paper plates/cups and plastic utensils, extra clothing, shoes, blankets or sleeping bags, a first aid kit, prescription medications, cash and credit cards, important phone numbers, and any special items for babies and the elderly. Ensure each family member has identification, especially young children. Name tags on clothing, wallet cards and wrist bands are all useful.
- Keep Car Fueled – Stations may not be able to operate due to lack of electricity.
- Plan & Practice an Evacuation Route – Contact your local emergency government office or local American Red Cross chapter for a community flood evacuation plan. This plan should include information on the safest routes to shelters.
- Plan for Pets – Plan ahead for a safe location for your pet(s) and arrange for care.
- Develop an Emergency Communication Plan – In case family members are separated, choose a long-distance relative or friend who can serve as the “family contact” as it is often easier to call long-distance after a disaster than to place a local call.
- Discuss the Situation with Children Honestly & Openly – Hiding the situation from them will probably be even more stressful.
Counties included in Iowa declaration
Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management information line 515-725-3231
Iowa Department of Human Services: 515-281-5454
Iowa Red Cross: Siouxland Area 800-340-4081
Iowa Red Cross: Loess Hills Chapter 712-322-4017
- http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/ (find a shelter in Iowa)
- Red Cross Interactive Map
- (Find a Shelter)
US Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District (Omaha District covers most of Nebraska and western Iowa.)
As a Society, we are dedicated to help residents of the counties impacted by flooding in whatever ways that we can. Please contact us if you need further assistance.