- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three employees of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are assisting the state of Colorado in its recovery from severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that struck in September.

Colorado recently requested help from other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, an agreement among all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands to share resources during catastrophic events.

Iowa sent Jill Smith, Jordan Moser, and Bob Lagneaux. All have experience in the public assistance program. They arrived in Colorado in early January and have helped provide guidance for applicants on complex paperwork for projects, provided training on the public assistance program to staff of the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, and helped guide organizations through the rebuilding process.