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Storm Update: Lessons learned from a “once in a thousand years storm”

The insurance industry refers to the July 11, 2011 straight-line wind storm that hit Tama County, Iowa as a “once in a thousand years” storm. It challenged our insurance agents, farmers, business managers and owners, and residents to deal with damages on an unprecedented scale. So what did we learn from this extreme situation? At the […]

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Storm Update: Straight-line wind storm survivors share practical wisdom on insurance policies and rebuilding after a natural disaster, Oct 25

By the time President Obama signed the major disaster declaration for Tama County, Iowa (6 weeks after of the July 11, 2011 straight-line wind storm hit) insurance companies had already paid out a record $6+ million into our local economy. Now, three months later, many stakeholders continue to work on ways to rebuild better, stronger […]

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Garwin house on the edge of town after the Derecho storm - July 2011

Storm Update: Governor Branstad makes commitment to Tama County and request of President Obama to do the same

Three weeks after the storm, Tama County continues to work on finding healthy long-term solutions to the change in the economic and physical landscape brought on by the July 11, 2011 Derecho storm. We appreciate Governor Branstad’s request of President Obama to declare Tama County in addition to Story, Marshall and Benton Counties a federal […]

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Storm Update: How are business opportunities and our job market impacted by the 7/11/11 Derecho

Tama County, Iowa has been holding strong on a $13.42 average hourly wage through the recession, and rebounded to a 6.1% unemployment before the straight-line storm hit. Though this is very comparable to the State’s 6.0% unemployment, (and extremely favorable compared to the national 9.1% unemployment) wages are still significantly lower in Tama County than […]

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Storm Update: Day 2 of recovery from July 11, 2011 Hurricane of the Prairie

We now have a name for the devastating act of nature that hit Tama County, Iowa yesterday, July 11, 2011. The formal report is not yet in, but experts believe that it was not a tornado, (though every bit as devastating and much more rare.) It was a persistent high-speed straight-line wind storm, a Hurricane of the […]

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