Mount Mercy Invited to Recap Flood Management at National Conference

The June 2008 floods offered Mount Mercy an unexpected opportunity to test its emergency management plan. Nearly one year later, Mount Mercy was given another chance — this time to showcase that plan to other colleges and universities, and to offer colleagues guidance on how to handle a natural disaster if it strikes their institution’s town.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) selected Vice President for Finance and Business Operations Barb Pooley and Director of Communications and Marketing Molly Altorfer to present “Waterlogged: IowaFloods Test College’s Emergency Plan,” at the 2009 NACUBO Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts June 27-30.

Pooley and Altorfer presented an overview of the devastating flooding that occurred and the role the Mount Mercy community played in helping the community overcome the disaster. Mount Mercy opened its facilities during the historic flooding to house more than 600 National Guard soldiers, law enforcement officers, Red Cross volunteers, and 10 local businesses.

The duo provided session attendees with a description of the steps the institution implemented prior to the disaster in order to effectively run the campus during an emergency. Altorfer shared details of the College’s communications plan and the essential steps Mount Mercy enacted to communicate with campus and community members during the crisis. Pooley illustrated how to properly document expenditures once an emergency is declared, particularly documentation for Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) reimbursement.

“The presentation perfectly illustrates how Mount Mercy strives to live out its mission of serving the common good,” says Pooley. “The entire campus community assisted with the flood recovery efforts and it is a prime example of how a group of individuals can accomplish more than when each of us acts individually. We welcomed the opportunity to share with our national colleagues how Mount Mercy responded to a unique challenge and rose to the occasion to assist our community.”