The Iowa National Guard, in conjunction with the office of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, and many local, county, state, and federal entities, is providing assistance, coordination, planning, and preparation in support of flood response operations across the state of Iowa.
Iowa’s Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen have responded quickly in assisting Iowa communities as part of their State mission. As of today, six Iowa counties have been declared state disaster areas. There are approximately 185 Soldiers and Airmen currently providing support for flood operations in western Iowa. The Iowa National Guard has partnered with local, county, state, and federal agencies on the following missions:
-Conducting levee patrol missions in Woodbury, Mills, Fremont and Pottawattamie Counties, with Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing (Sioux City) and Soldiers from the 831st (Burlington and Camp Dodge), 832nd (Mt. Pleasant and Keokuk), and 833rd (Ottumwa) Engineer Companies; and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 224th Engineer Battalion (Fairfield);
-Assisting County Emergency Management Coordinators with Critical Infrastructure Assistance Teams (CIATs), Guard Emergency Situational Awareness Contacts (GESACs-pronounced “jee sacks”), and Liaison Officers in Fremont and Mills Counties with Soldiers, Airmen, and retirees from the Iowa Army and Air National Guard; and
-Providing expertise regarding Iowa National Guard assets and capabilities to the Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division.
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Additionally, the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, Maj. Gen. Tim Orr, will travel to western Iowa on Friday, June 24, to meet with Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and emergency management officials, as they provide flood relief from the rising Missouri River. He plans to make visits to the Woodbury County Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) in Sioux City (media availability at approximately 11:45 a.m. outside of the EOC), Pottawattamie County EOC (media availability at approximately 3 p.m. outside of the EOC), and the Hamburg levee site (media availability at approximately 4:30 p.m. at the Hamburg baseball diamond). Note that times are approximate and subject to change due to operational needs and weather conditions.