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At a Glance
  • State Population: 3,156,145
  • Local Health Departments: 100
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Flooding, Animal/Agricultural Disease
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2019: Spring Flooding; 2018: Southern Iowa Rural Water Association Event
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $6,825,471
    FY 2020: $6,718,250
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $19,452,788
    FY 2020: $6,347,829
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 5
  • Other*: 7

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  2. Community Preparedness
  3. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  4. Information Sharing
  5. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
Stories from the Field
Iowa Tornados
Evacuating Vulnerable Residents during Severe Weather Emergency

On September 12, 2016, a tornado, severe storms, and flooding hit northeast Iowa, with some areas receiving as much as 10 inches of rain over a matter of hours. Thanks to CDC-funded training, the local health department quickly initiated its plans for reaching residents receiving home care despite closed roads and flooding. CDC-funded personnel also kept other area residents informed of critical safety information through social media and other risk communication platforms. They also evacuated an affected assisted living facility and a nursing home, helping residents remain safe during this emergency.

Page last reviewed: January 14, 2022, 10:15 AM