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Derecho Info

A Devastating Storm

On August 10, 2020 with very little time to prepare, a Derecho hit the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, bringing wind speeds of 140 mph and causing widespread devastation throughout our community. The unprecedented straight-line windstorm damaged every corner of our 75 square mile city, and impacted every resident in some way.

Ongoing Response

The City of Cedar Rapids continues to respond to the community's needs in the wake of the storm.

Storm Response Updates


Disaster Preparedness

During an emergency, the City uses the Incident Command System, which is a standardized approach to command, control, and coordination used by public agencies to manage emergencies. Following an emergency, an after-action review is important to identify opportunities for improvements in future emergency situations. Residents can prepare for emergencies by having resources ready to go when the next disaster strikes.

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