Iowa Emergency Management and Homeland Security Authorities Summarized [March 26, 2004]   [open pdf - 34KB]

"The primary Iowa emergency management statute (Iowa Code Title I, §29C) delegates emergency powers and authorities to the governor, the state Emergency Management Division, and local emergency management commissions. The General Assembly, or the Legislative Council if the former is not in session, may rescind a gubernatorial declaration of a disaster. Assistance and funding are accomplished through a combination of federal aid, fees, a state emergency response fund, and a state contingent fund. If the state emergency management administrator determines that localities have not prepared adequate plans or hired qualified coordinators, local governments may be prohibited from appropriating funds for such purposes. Iowa participates in interstate compacts for mutual aid, and provides for mutual assistance and training between local governments. This report is one of a series that profiles emergency management and homeland security statutory authorities of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each profile identifies the more significant elements of state statutes, generally as codified. Congressional readers may wish to conduct further searches for related provisions using the Internet link presented in the last section of this report. The National Conference of State Legislatures provided primary research assistance in the development of these profiles under contract to the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Summary information on all of the profiles is presented in CRS Report RL32287. This report will be updated as developments warrant."

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