Emergency Management Agency

  1. Story County FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

    A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open at noon in Ames on Tuesday, September 29, to give survivors from the August 10 severe storm options to submit documents for their disaster assistance application. Read on...
  2. FEMA Individual Assistance for Story County

    Story County qualified for the FEMA Individual Assistance program on September 2nd as a result of the August 10, 2020 derecho. Read on...
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Emergency management protects lives and property by integrating response partners’ disaster preparation, response and recovery efforts across Story County and with state and federal agencies.  We are committed to working with your elected officials to reduce the risk of natural and man-made disasters in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Storm and Damage Reports

Information you report during and immediately after a severe storm can provide Emergency Management the situational awareness we need to get the right resources where they are needed.  If you need immediate assistance, call 911.  Otherwise, the link below takes you to a simple online form so you can tell us about storm damages to your neighborhood or to your property. This information will be used to help the National Weather Service, first responders, and community leaders understand the impacts of these storms.  The information you provide is very valuable, please take a few minutes to let us know about your damages.

Damage Reporting Link


Story County Emergency Management shall assist public officials, emergency responders, schools, hospitals, industry and the public to promote emergency preparedness, assist with the coordination of disaster response and recovery operations and will encourage mitigation efforts in all jurisdictions to ensure the safety and welfare of the residents of Story County, before, during, and after a disaster or large scale emergency.

Sign up for Story County Emergency Alerts!  Get phone, email, and text emergency messages.

Aug 10th Storm Information

The latest information about the August 10th derecho and recovery efforts is located at:


Small Business Administration (SBA) loan information for non-farm businesses suffering reduced revenue due to the drought.

The link below takes you to a document from the SBA that outlines their loan program for non-businesses and non-profits impacted by the 2020 drought. 


COVID and Derecho Information

The link below takes you to information about mental health and stress management resources.

COVID and Derecho counseling resources