The National Weather Service offers a reliable and up to date system for tracking current weather conditions and outlooks for the coming months.
Local weather information regarding watches and warnings, current conditions, radar and satellite images, observations, forecast graphics, rives and lakes, climate and fire weather.
American Red Cross offers to help families to reconnect in an emergency or following a disaster. Details on their website at https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/contact-and-locate-loved-ones.html
Live shelter availability is available from the American Red Cross.
Donations During Disasters
The National Donations Management Network is a FEMA supported system that is managed by The Aidmatrix Foundation. Donations needed in Iowa by the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters are listed on Aidmatrix and partners can respond to those needs by clicking here.
Volunteers During Disasters
Both during and after a disaster, people naturally want to help and will flock from all over to assist their neighbors, friends, and even complete strangers. A good volunteer management plan should be in place to mobilize these unaffiliated/spontaneous volunteers. Good volunteer organization and coordination is done best at the local level. However, there are resources that can help you develop a plan and respond in times when local efforts and resources are exhausted.
The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is the state agency responsible for coordinating unaffiliated volunteers statewide during times of disaster in responding to requests for assistance by emergency management officials and directing pre-registered disaster volunteers to local volunteer reception centers.
Safeguard Iowa Partnership encourages individuals to volunteer and be trained with a recognized, nonprofit organization involved in disaster response and recovery prior to the next disaster event. There are many organizations and faith-based groups in your community that have active disaster programs and need volunteers.