Project Purpose


Central Iowa is at risk to a wide-range of natural, manmade, and technological hazards. Some examples include tornadoes, floods, winter storms, dam failures, chemical releases, agricultural disease, and more. In response to these risks, the Warren County Iowa Emergency Management Commission (WCIA) in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, Inc., is seeking to better understand how these hazardous events impact central Iowans in order to increase community resilience. To that end, WCIA will be updating their multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) over the next year, with the goal of reducing risk to hazards before they happen to communities in the WCIA.

A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to hazards and mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. Having an approved and updated plan enables your community to be stronger and more resilient by:

  1. reducing your community’s risk and impacts from disasters,
  2. gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
  3. building partnerships within your community and across the WCIA.

Residents, communities, schools, fire departments, hospitals, and more from Warren County are invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.

To view and download the current 2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan, please contact Becky Appleford.

Funding Workshop

A Funding Workshop will be held Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10AM for all jurisdictions participating in the Warren County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This workshop will provide information on the available grant opportunities for funding and implementing mitigation actions identified in the plan. It will also be a prime time to speak with officials about the application process. The meeting will last approximately three hours with lunch provided. We ask that attendees RSVP to Becky Appleford by May 1st. The location of the meeting is:

Warren County Administration

2nd Floor Conference Room

301 N. Buxton

Indianola, IA 50125

Ready to turn in completed worksheets?

Please return all completed worksheets to Becky by:

11717 Burt Street, Suite 210
Omaha, NE 68154-1510

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Previous Meetings

Hazard Mitigation Workshop

A four-hour Hazard Mitigation Workshop was held at the beginning of the planning process for the Warren County HMP. The goal of the workshop was for attendees to gain a better understanding of the hazard mitigation planning process. It covered: an explanation of hazard mitigation, how the planning process will benefit the community, requirements for getting an approved HMP, and the types of information you’ll need to provide at the upcoming meetings.

Held: Wednesday September 14, 2016 at the Warren County Administration Building


Round 1 Meeting

The first public meeting for the hazard mitigation plan update was held in Indianola. The goals of the meeting were to provide attendees with a brief overview of the planning process and to gather information needed to complete a draft of the plan. Information collected at the meeting included identifying hazards of greatest concern, identifying critical facilities, and updating the status of mitigation projects selected during the last hazard mitigation plan.

Held: Thursday October 6, 2016 at the Warren County Administration Building

Round 2 Meeting

The second public meeting for the hazard mitigation plan update was held in Indianola. The goals of the meeting were to: identify specific projects to reduce the impacts of hazards, review the updated draft participant section, review community plans for the plan integration review, and collect any other missing information.

Held: Thursday January 12, 2017 at the Warren County Administration Building

Opportunities for Input

As a community member from Warren County, you play a critical role in this planning process. In order for this plan to better serve your community needs and to identify ways to reduce vulnerability, we need your input! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please fill out the following form or contact Becky Appleford.

Take Our Survey!

A short survey is available with questions about how you prepare for a potential disaster.  This anonymous information is helpful to the planning process and will be included in the final hazard mitigation plan. To take the survey please visit click here.

Input Form

Contact Information

Rebecca Appleford, CFM
Project Coordinator
Jeff Henson FormalJeff Henson, CFM
Project Manager