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CERT Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Technical Library

This is a collection of materials from FEMA, items created by the CERT committee and items from other sources. This collection of documents will guide and assist you with the

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CERT Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) References

This library contains various reference documents created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other sources. Any reference document we list in any of the other Committee created documents

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CERT Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor Tools

This library contains various handouts and other materials aimed at assisting CERT Basic Training instructors. The handouts are listed in alphabetical order, so related documents may not be listed next

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CERT Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Sample Documents

This library contains sample documents found or shared with us from various sources. These documents have been only been put into a standard format by the Committee. If you have

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CERT Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Best Practices

This library contains sample documents that has had additional evaluation. A best practice is a document that describes a method or technique that has been generally accepted as superior to

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Guides

This library contains Guide documents created by the Committee to provide a high-level overview of various topics. These documents are fashioned after the “How To” documents your local extension office

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CERT Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Procedures

This library contains procedure documents created by the Committee. These producers are utilized by the Committee for our internal operations. Additional they set the procedures used to manage the CERT

Don Hampton Conference 2021 Don Hampton Conference

SESSION/SPEAKER MATERIALS: Opening and Keynote Welcome to the 2021 Don Hampton Conference & Awards Ceremony! The opening to this year’s conference will begin with a video commemorating the IDHRC’s 20th

COADs / LTRGs IDHRC COAD Network Kickoff Webinar

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General Resources 2021 NVOAD Conference

Don Hampton Conference 2015 Don Hampton Conference

Don Hampton Conference 2014 Don Hampton Conference

COVID-19 COVID-19 Resources for Volunteer Iowa Programs and Nonprofits

Resources on how to volunteer in a COVID-19 environment, tracking volunteers, addressing adequate response within nonprofits, and more.

Cleanup/Repair Crisis Cleanup

“ connects relief organizations with the people who need help by taking a ‘craigslist’ approach to disaster recovery. Organizations that are aware of a need enter the information in the

General Resources Habitat for Humanity

Find your local Habitat for Humanity (H4H) to apply for housing help, volunteer, donate and more.

Current Disasters National Disaster Data

A national resource containing data on local, state, and federal-level emergencies and disasters, including SBA loans, disaster declarations, FEMA assistance provided, and more.

Cleanup/Repair Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Resources

Get tips for preparedness steps you can take today, what to do in an emergency, and how to repair and rebuild afterward.

Disaster Preparedness NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors

The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against

Current Disasters NOAA National Weather Service

Stay updated on current and past weather forecasts, severe storms, active alerts, and emergencies/disasters; and find safety resources for a variety of disaster situations (e.g., floods, tornadoes, thunderstorms, drought, etc.)

Current Disasters Weather Channel

Keep up-to-date on local, regional, and national weather, severe storms, and emergency/disaster situations.

National VOAD

National VOAD promotes cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration, and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.

Disaster Preparedness Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA can help you find declared emergencies and disasters by state, incident type, and/or year; provide disaster assistance and support services you need; and help local, state, tribal, and territorial

Disaster Preparedness Animal Rescue Disaster Services

“The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is a key participant in emergency preparedness and response within the city of Des Moines and Polk County, and throughout Central Iowa. The

Disaster Preparedness Recovering from Disasters

During times of natural disaster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters, working in partnership with the local, state and

Recovery Rio Iowa Project – Community Recovery Toolbox

A partnership with FEMA ESF #14 Long-Term Community Recovery (LTCR) produced strategies, reports, and comprehensive recovery plans for ten Iowa communities. Additionally, the ESF #14 community recovery toolbox was developed

Disaster Preparedness Safeguard Iowa Partnership

Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation whose mission is to better position Iowa and Iowans to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of

General Resources Iowa Housing Search

A free resource to help you find a rental home that fits your needs and budget. Property providers can list apartments or homes for rent any time, which means the

Iowa Food Bank

The Food Bank of Iowa provides food to other organizations that serve Iowans in need. They also operate programs that provide food directly to people in need.

Children and Youth Be Ready Iowa – Preparedness

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is

Children and Youth 211 Iowa

“211 is a free, comprehensive information and referral system linking Iowa and Nebraska residents to health and human service programs, community services, disaster services, and governmental programs. 211 is a

Disaster Case Management Heartland Flood Help

Heartland Flood Help is a project of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC)  – the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. LSC operates as

Derecho 2020 Iowa Legal Aid – Disaster Relief

Iowa Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization providing critical legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Iowans who have nowhere else to turn.

Diverse Populations Latin American and Spain Embassies & Consulates

Diverse Populations Iowa Latino, Bilingual, and/or Bi-Cultural Mental Health Providers

The Office of Latino Affairs provides this compilation of Latinx and/or Bilingual Mental Health Providers as a courtesy to the community. This page is not an endorsement of the organization or individual.

Diverse Populations Latino Community Organizations in Iowa

The following non-profit organizations provide direct services and resources to the Latino community in Iowa. This is for informational purposes only, and it is not an endorsement of the organizations listed. Provided

Disaster Preparedness Iowa Spanish Helpline

515-344-3936 This line is to help the Spanish-speaking community in the state of Iowa with the goal of providing information, resources, and support for the Iowa community. The line is

Derecho 2020 Disaster Assistance Programs

Information on the Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP), the 2020 Derecho, Iowa Disaster Case Management, the Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team, Your Life Iowa, Abbe Center Iowa Warm

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Disaster Preparedness Iowa Flood Center

An interactive live map of flood watches, advisories, and alerts throughout the state of Iowa. Also includes weather conditions, forecasts, public health alerts, and more.

Emotional/Spiritual Wellbeing Disaster Crisis Counseling Hotline


Disaster Case Management Iowa Disaster Case Management

“Disaster Case Management includes time-limited services to eligible households to develop and carry out a Disaster Recovery Plan, providing guidance, advice, and referral in obtaining a service, or assisting in

Iowa Emergency Management Association

The Iowa Emergency Management Association exists to advance the professional interests of its members and to assist Iowans in preserving life and protecting property in the face of any hazard.

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Disaster Preparedness DHS Certified Training

No cost training for emergency first responders. Delivered year-round across the nation. “The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is leading the rural first responder training initiative by developing courses that

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Disaster Preparedness HSEMD Training Program

The goal of the HSEMD training program is to prepare those involved in emergency management to effectively protect, prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from all hazards.

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CERT Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The CERT Committee is designed to assist local communities with the establishment, maintenance and training needed for local CERT programs.  The committee will focus on providing technical support and guidance

Derecho 2020 Derecho Recovery Resource Guide

A list of resources provided by Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (1st District of Iowa) for the 2020 Derecho storm.

Derecho 2020 Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Dubuque

A list of several resources you can access to make a disaster kit, create a disaster preparedness plan, and be informed. Donation resources, county-specific resources, volunteer opportunities, etc. related to

COVID-19 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know

“As we deal with the fallout from the global coronavirus outbreak, many people will experience legal issues related to not only health care, but a wide variety of other civil

COVID-19 COVID Recovery Iowa

Free counseling and assistance for all Iowans affected by COVID-19

General Resources Iowa Department of Public Health

Public health is a partnership of local public health, IDPH, non-profit organizations, health care providers, policymakers, businesses and many others working together to protect and improve the health of Iowans.

COVID-19 U.S. Department of Agriculture – Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

COADs / LTRGs Buchanan County Disaster Recovery Coalition (BCDRC)

The Buchanan County Disaster Recovery Coalition’s (BCDRC) mission is to strengthen area wide disaster coordination in Buchanan County by sharing information, simplifying resident access, and jointly resolving cases with unmet

Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council (IDHRC)

To learn more about the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council (IDHRC), click here. Below is a collection of documents outlining the IDHRC’s mission, goals, history, policies, by-laws, and more.

Disaster Preparedness Iowa Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEMD)

Disaster Framework National Response Framework

The National Response Framework provides foundational emergency management doctrine for how the Nation responds to all types of incidents. The NRF is structured to help jurisdictions, citizens, nongovernmental organizations (NGO),

Children and Youth Disaster Emotional Care Guidelines

NVOAD’s resource on disaster emotional care programs, emotional care for youth and diverse populations, and the integration of disaster emotional care programs into your organization.

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COADs / LTRGs NVOAD Long Term Recovery Guide

A resource provided by NVOAD to help individuals and organizations better understand the long-term recovery process after a disaster as well as forming LTRGs.

CERT 20 Weeks to Preparedness

This is a booklet families and individuals can use to create their own disaster preparedness plans. Creating a preparedness plan will ensure that you are well-equipped and well-stocked for any

Children and Youth Iowa Child Care Resources & Referral

A collection of documents that will help families and caregivers create and implement child preparedness plans in the event of a disaster or traumatic event. Provided by Iowa Child Care

Children and Youth Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

A guide for parents, caregivers, and teachers on how to talk with and help children and youth cope in the aftermath of a disaster or traumatic event. Provided by SAMHSA

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COVID-19 Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Check the CDC website for current health and safety updates.

Children and Youth Disaster and Family Preparedness

Disaster preparedness and response planning guide for families. A general disaster preparedness and response planning guide. Resources provided by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Disaster Preparedness Stress Management Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event

A resource for stress management in the aftermath of a disaster or other traumatic event. Provided by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association).

COVID-19 Volunteer Management and Data Tracking During COVID-19

Advice on volunteer management and data tracking in a pandemic environment. Provided by Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management & Volunteer Iowa.

COVID-19 Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health during an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak. Provided by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

COVID-19 Older Adults and COVID-19: Staying healthy during this stressful time

A resource for older adults who are more vulnerable to coronavirus compiled by multiple partner agencies in Iowa.

COVID-19 Donating Personal Protect Equipment to Assist in COVID-19 Response

The Iowa Department of Public Health urges Iowa businesses and organizations to donate extra PPE to health care providers and facilities to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 How to Cope with Anxiety about COVID-19

A list of coping strategies and resources to help one’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

COVID-19 What to Know About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your Mental Health

A list of coping strategies and resources to deal with one’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provided by the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Children and Youth Feed the Children COVID Best Practices

Public resource from Feed the Children outlining best practices for individual and organizational COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 National Mass Care Strategy – Sheltering in COVID Affected Areas

These guidelines for operating shelters in a COVID-19 environment are provided as a public service and are still under development, review and subject to change based on changing CDC and