It is an unfortunate fact of life that emergencies and disasters do occur. These unpredictable and tragic events can have a multitude of effects on our society, economy, environment, County, Cities and personal lives. Our driving goal is to minimize, or eliminate where possible, these events and their impacts. We also strive to ensure that government entities, businesses, and individual citizens make plans for emergencies.
Partners in Emergency Management
Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Their duties are wide-ranging, and our shared goal is clear - keeping all citizens safe!
The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) has been working to make Iowa more prepared for disasters since it began as the State Civil Defense Agency in 1965. The focus of emergency management and the hazards faced by Iowans may have changed in some ways since that time, but what hasn’t changed is the commitment to making our state more prepared for any emergency or disaster. Ensuring Iowa is prepared and ready to respond to any disaster drives the mission and priorities of HSEM.
Beautiful Cedar County, located in East Central Iowa, was formed in 1837 and is named for the mighty Cedar River, located on the Western side of the County. The area has had a fascinating role in history, from being the home of an active portion of the Underground Railroad to the boyhood home and burial spot for a former President. Our future looks to be very promising due to our central location and proximity to Iowa City and the Quad Cities.