Welcome to the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council




The Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council (IDHRC) brings together faith-based, non-profit, and voluntary agencies as well as private sector and government agencies to foster a more effective response and recovery for the people of Iowa in times of disaster. Building disaster resilient communities is an all-inclusive task. When we work in cooperation together we expedite recovery, alleviate suffering, empower those impacted and build a strong and resilient Iowa.  The IDHRC is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, Charitable Organization and is a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). The IDHRC also serves as the state's Citizen Corps Council. 



Our Mission

To coordinate a holistic approach to disaster recovery by maximizing public and private resources, thereby providing an efficient system that can address immediate and long-term physical, spiritual and emotional needs of impacted citizens.

Quick Links:

Current Disasters


Spring 2019 Flooding

Widespread flooding has impacted dozens of counties in Iowa since mid-March 2019. The IDHRC has been activated to help support the coordination of voluntary agencies, both based in Iowa and visiting from across the country, to help Iowa families in the aftermath of the devasting flood waters.


The IDHRC is working to:

Communicate the most up-to-date information by working closely with all partners - federal, state, and local government, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. 

Collaborate with local community and faith-based organizations to connect those with needs to others who can provide resources

Coordinate the resources of the membership of the IDHRC

Cooperate with all partners to assist in every way to help Iowans with their disaster-caused needs


LOCAL DISASTER RECOVERY sites have been established to provide additional information:

Fremont County 

Harrison County 

Mills County

Pottawattamie County 

Scott County 




Governor Reynolds has activated the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and Iowa Disaster Case Management Program in the following counties. For more information about eligibility requirements, deadlines and how to apply visit the Iowa Department of Human Services


Disaster Case Management is a program that provides services to individuals and families affected by the recent disasters. The road to recovery can be frustrating and confusing. Disaster caseworkers will listen to your needs and help navigate your road to recovery. For more information on the Disaster Case Management program, contact your local Community Action Association.

Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP) Map


Governor's Disaster Proclamation

State Individual Assistance & Disaster Case Management

May 17, 2019, and continuing





The federal Individual Assistance program can provide homeowners, renters, and businesses grants and low-interest loans to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs, and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs. There is no income limit for this program. 

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for federal Individual Assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time), seven days a week, until further notice. 

Presidential Disaster Declaration Map



Do not self deploySeeing images of disaster may compel you to head to the impacted area. Don’t underestimate the complexity of working in a disaster area. Until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support, volunteers should not enter.  Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified.

Affiliate with Existing Organizations Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained and supported to respond in the most effective way.

Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster – especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.


Volunteer Opportunties (updated frequently)

Western Iowa

Eastern Iowa

  • Scott County Flood Resources
  • Scott County is in need of housing for large volunteer groups June - July 2019; will work for 4 days helping with disaster relief efforts, have their own supervision, and transportation. they are self-sufficient except for the need of housing. If your group or organization can help please contact Scott County Emergency Management at David.Donovan@scottcountyiowa.com




Do not send or bring unsolicited donations. Ussolicited donations create many challenges during disaster and can quickly overwhelm a community. The offer of cash is best so that the families can receive best what they need to recover.  


Ways to Give (updated frequently)

American Red Cross

Fremont County Flood Fund  

Mills County Flood Fund

The Salvation Army 



2019 Iowa Floods website

Iowa Concern Hotline

Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management


511ia.org - Road closures

Iowa Department of Public Health

IowaHousingSearch.org - Free rental housing locator 

ISU Extension - Disaster Recovery


As needs and resources are shared with us from our members and community partners, we will update this information. Please check back regularly.



Don Hampton Conference and Award Ceremony




The Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council (IDHRC) presents

the Annual 

Don Hampton Conference 

& Award Ceremony




This event is an annual gathering for those who are called upon to help when disaster strikes. Whether you are helping to prepare for, respond to, or recovery from disaster events in your community and beyond the Iowa Disaster Human Resources Council invites you to attend. Generally, the audience is comprised of faith-based and community organizations active in disasters, long-term recovery committee members, individuals who assist with disaster case management, emotional and spiritual care, and a myriad of other activities to assist families, emergency management personnel, and state and federal partners.


Don Hampton Service Award

The IDHRC recognizes outstanding Iowans who have responded in times of disaster to provide aid to their fellow citizens. Don Hampton was a founding member of the IDHRC, an avid volunteer helping countless families recover from disasters, a champion for the disaster response and recovery community. Don portrayed selfless dedication while serving those in need throughout our state. This award celebrates others who strive to be champions in times of disaster. 


Previous Years Conference and Award Winners:








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