- 1:45 p.m., 3/30/23
City of Cedar Rapids Incident Command Team Activated
The City of Cedar Rapids Incident Command Team has been activated in response to the reports of a domestic terrorist organization's stated intent to do harm to government buildings. The threats came in via phone and emails sent to multiple locations.
Currently, all City agency directors are coordinating to address the needs of public safety, security of responders and the public.
We are preparing response teams for incendiary or radiological devices.
Communication channels are open with local, state and federal authorities.
Cedar Rapids Community School District schools have reported no suspicious activities and we continue to coordinate with them.
Heightened levels of security across the city by residents, business and homeowners is encouraged.
Cedar Rapids Police Department Metro Hazardous Devices Unit (HDU) is currently investigating the report of a suspicious package at Mercy Hospital. No other information is available pending HDU team findings.
- 1:26 p.m., 3/30/23
City Responds to Regional State of Emergency
On March 30, 2023, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Cedar Rapids Police Department was notified of a potential threat to schools and courthouses across the Midwest. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has determined there is a credible threat. Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell has signed an Emergency Disaster Proclamation, which allows the City to obtain additional resources in times of need.
The City's Incident Command Team is operational and includes a multi-department response comprised of Fire, Police, Cedar Rapids Metro Hazardous Devices Unit, local school districts, the County Emergency Management Agency, and many others. Current priorities include life safety issues. While emergency response efforts are underway, the City continues to work on issuing public service announcements and additional critical information under widespread conditions of power outages, and loss of communications access.
Residents are asked to please only call 9-1-1 for life-threatening situations that require immediate response of public safety personnel. This is an evolving, regional state of emergency. The City will continue to release information as it becomes available.
- 1:20 p.m., 3/30/23
Emergency Disaster Proclamation
Mayor Tiffany O'Donnell has issued a disaster proclamation in response to a potential threat to schools and courthouses across the Midwest on March 30, 2023, at approximately 9:15 a.m. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FB) has determined there is a credible threat. Mayor O'Donnell has signed an Emergency Disaster Proclamation, which allows the City to obtain additional resources in times of need.
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