Gov. Tom Vilsack will send out more than flood control experts steeped in experience from Iowa's 1993 flood, in response to the Hurricane Katrina damage in the southeast.
The governor also said he's sending a series of letters warning of higher energy prices linked to the hurricane, which interrupted oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.
Vilsack said he will send a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller seeking a Federal Trade Commission investigation of gasoline prices.
"We're asking the Justice Department to make inquiries to assure Iowans and Americans that the cost of gasoline today absolutely reflects what the market is suggesting, as opposed to any kind of manipulation," Vilsack said. "We need reassurance and we believe the Justice Department can provide that assurance."
He said he will also send a letter to the state's congressional delegation warning of projected soaring energy costs during the coming heating season.
"We are very concerned as we begin to approach winter about having adequate resources for working families in terms of the high energy costs that are expected," Vilsack said.