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Emergency 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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Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of all of us.

Being ready for an emergency includes staying informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses, developing a family emergency plan, building an emergency supply kit, and getting involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.

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Emergency Contacts

  • Police, Fire or Medical Emergency | Call 9-1-1
  • Alliant Energy | 1-800-255-4268
  • Linn County REC | 1-888-271-6250
  • Mid-American Energy | 1-800-595-5325
  • Police/Fire Non-Emergency | 319-286-5491


When a major disaster occurs, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Assemble a disaster supply kit with at least a three-day supply of food and water, battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, extra batteries, whistle, dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place), moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation), wrench or pliers (to shut off utilities), can opener (for food), and a cellular phone with backup battery.


Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know what types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. For more information, visit ready.gov/plan.


  • Receive Text Alerts from the City of Cedar Rapids
    Sign up at CRNewsNow.com or through the Mobile CR app.
  • Tune into Your Radio
    Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WMT 600 AM and 96.5 FM
  • Receive Weather Alerts
    Get an All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio


A “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” approach helps individuals rely on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster. Neighbors can share information and resources. Also, consider getting training and volunteer for humanitarian organizations like the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and the United Way of East Central Iowa.

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