Today, June 13, 2018, marks the 10th anniversary of the 2008 flood cresting 31.12 feet in Cedar Rapids, IA. Floodwaters affected roughly 5,390 houses, more than 18,000 people, and about 10 square miles of the city. Luckily, despite the magnitude of flooding, there were no fatalities.
UWECI was one of the organizations that responded to the flood and aided in recovery efforts. Sue Driscoll, Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement shares how she saw the impact of volunteers firsthand.
Since then, we have come together through rebuilding our communities and sharing stories of those who experienced the flood firsthand. Continue the story of caring and resiliency with our five ways to commemorate the 2008 flood, learn from past events, and prepare for potential future natural disasters.
1. Attend Epic Rebirth
The Gazette and KCRG-TV9 are celebrating the milestones we have achieved together since 2008 by hosting the community event, Epic Rebirth, June 13 from 4:30–8:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Building. Enjoy live music and entertainment, connect with community resources, and hear from city leaders about what’s next for Cedar Rapids.
2. Join LAP-AID
LAP-AID (Linn Area Partners in Disaster) is a coalition of organizations (including UWECI) working to increase resilience and minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters. Learn how to become a LAP-AID member and more on their website.
3. Complete Emergency Volunteer Center Training
Attend our annual training to learn how to manage an emergency volunteer center during times of crises. You will develop skills to coordinate volunteers who prepare for, respond to, and aid in recovery.
4. Find Resources through 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral helpline serving 42 counties in Iowa. In times of natural disaster or personal uncertainty, 2-1-1 commits to being the first, most essential resource to anyone who needs help.
5. Sign Up for Volunteer Now
When disaster strikes, volunteers respond. Create a disaster profile on our Volunteer Now website. In the event of a disaster, we will contact you to become a volunteer.