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build resilience to extreme events, save lives, and reduce the physical and economic costs of disasters.



Cedar Rapids/Linn County, Iowa

Since the catastrophic floods in 2008, Cedar Rapids/Linn County has made significant progress toward recovery, has come back stronger, and is continuing its efforts to become more prepared and build resilience to future flood events and other hazards.

Resilient America is partnering with Cedar Rapids/Linn County to explore a variety of resilience priorities such as:

  • Understand and build on current community strengths
  • Engage diverse voices in resilience building efforts
  • Build resilience within vulnerable populations
  • Effectively communicate risk to the public
  • Build trust within the community
  • Build multi-stakeholder, multi-generational partnerships
  • Develop real-time decision making capability during a disaster

The highest priority risks and hazards faced in Cedar Rapids/Linn County include:

  • Thunderstorms, lightning and hail
  • Infrastructure failure
  • River flood
  • Severe winter storm
  • Tornado and windstorm
  • Extreme heat
  • Flash flood
  • Drought
  • Hazardous materials incident

A range of Cedar Rapids/Linn County community stakeholders are partnering with Resilient America to build resilience or have participated in Resilient America events and activities, including:

Alliant Energy
Blue Zones Project
Cedar Rapids Community School District
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
City of Cedar Rapids
Coe College
Community of Christ
Community Resilience Institute
Diversity Focus
East Central Iowa Council of Governments
Four Oaks
GE Capital
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
Infinity Contact Inc.
International Paper's Cedar River Mill
Iowa Legal Aid
Iowa Senate
Kirkwood Community College
Legion Arts
Linn County of Iowa
Mount Mercy University
Mt. Vernon Middle School
National Resilience Institute
Prairie Pride, College Community School District
Rockwell Collins
Source Media Group
St. Luke’s Hospital
The Heritage Agency
Kirkwood Community College
United Way of East Central Iowa
University of Iowa
Willis Dady Homeless Shelter

Learn more about Cedar Rapids/Linn County:



Resilient America Roundtable member, Linda Langston presented Hazards Planning & Resilience: The Elected Officials Perspective at a webinar hosted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers on October 19, 2015

National Resilience Institute’s National Conference,
Thriving Communities, Thriving Lives, Sept 24-25, 2015, Cedar Rapids, IA


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