Sunday, May 25, 2008
The EF5 tornado touched down at 4:48pm and erased a full one-third of the town of Parkersburg in minutes. Several hundred homes were destroyed and 400 lay damaged. The tornado wiped out the high school, city hall, and the only grocery store and gas station in town. Granite tombstones had been torn from the cemetery. They were found a half-mile away from where they stood the day before.
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Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division
7105 N.W. 70th Avenue
Camp Dodge, Building W-4
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 725-3231

Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting

Iowa State Citizen Corps
Readiness/Response Bureau
7105 NW 70th Ave
Camp Dodge - Bldg W-4
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 323-4210

Last Updated: 08/20/2019