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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

2011 EDIES Story 24 of 24: Response to the once in a 1,000 Year Wind Storm

On July 11, 2011 around 4 am Tama County was hit by a straight-line wind that measured forces up to 130 miles per hour before meteorological towers disintegrated. Not a single human life was lost, but $100+ million in lost productivity was suffered through the loss of animals, buildings, infrastructure, crops, and other protective vegetation. The communities and partners that worked together to increase safety and functionality after this unprecedented once in a thousand years storm hit are being recognized for their contribution to the economy in 2011.  Remind me – what are the EDIES.

HOW WE DID IT:
Using teamwork our staff pulled together and worked with all our municipal partners to help the citizens of Tama County respond to and recover from the 11 July 2011 windstorm.

HOW WE GOT THE IDEA:
Our communities all have excellent emergency services, almost all of whom are volunteers; our speedy recovery from the storm could not have been done without them. Our staff is only a small piece of the puzzle; the public works, fire, EMS, and law enforcement of the county made things possible.

OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE:
Keeping all the resources flowing to the appropriate areas, the outpouring of support was truly overwhelming and extremely helpful.

HOW WE OVERCAME IT:
We relied heavily on our county’s volunteer emergency responders, they truly were the engine of the various city’s and the county’s success/recovery.

ADVICE TO OTHERS:
Always ask for the help you need, someone will answer the call.

WHAT IS NEXT:
The Tama County Emergency Management Agency is continuing to work with FEMA on recovery and is simultaneously preparing for any future disasters.

For more information about Tama County Emergency Management, go to its website at www.tamacounty.org.

Pictured:  Julie Vokoun, Tama County Emergency Management Agency

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