Faculty Publications

Title

Preparation for and response to the flood of 2008 in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Document Type

Article

Keywords

2008 flood, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Preparation, Recovery, Response, USA

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Journal of Emergency Management

Volume

10

Issue

2

First Page

180

Last Page

192

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the preparation for, and responses to, the 2008 flood in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The analysis of this study was based on qualitative research methodology that includes interviews of key personnel (e.g., emergency planners) who were involved in emergency planning, decision making, response, and recovery efforts during and after the 2008 flood in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Cedar Falls had adequate emergency plans and took proper initiative in terms of warnings, evacuations, and rescue operations during this flood, introduced notification service for emergency severe weather or important community notices, and adopted effective recovery efforts (property buy out and a new floodplain regulation). After the flood, Cedar Falls adopted new 500-year floodplain regulations, thereby creating Iowa's first floodplain ordinance. Such floodplain ordinance could be a model for other cities in the USA.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2014

DOI of published version

10.1504/IJEM.2014.066201

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