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Two Case Studies on Jail Evacuations During a Natural Disaster: Iowa’s 2008 Flooding
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By Major James A. Murphy, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, Plymouth, Massachusettsimage

The spring of 2008 was notable in Iowa for extreme flooding in several river drainages. Conditions were such that the jails in Polk County (Des Moines) and Linn County (Cedar Rapids) were evacuated. Both evacuations were completed successfully, yet each jail’s leadership learned through experience that additional preparations could have resulted in a smoother experience. This report compares their experiences and highlights ideas that may be of value to other agencies.

This article is based on a training resource prepared for the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Jail Evacuation and Implementation Program Initiative, part of NSA’s Homeland Security Initiative. The material is presented here with the permission of NSA and of the Linn County and Polk County Sheriff’s Offices.

Posted Mon, Aug 13 2012 11:04 AM by Susan Powell


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