Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council


Registration Open for 5th Annual Don Hampton Conference and Award Ceremony

Who are we?
The purpose of the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council (IDHRC) is to bring together faith-based, voluntary and government organizations active in disaster services to foster a more effective response and recovery for the people of Iowa in times of disaster. The IDHRC is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit, Charitable Organization and is Iowa's point of contact with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and also services as the state's Citizen Corps Council. Click to download our brochure and find out more!   
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. 
Become a Member
Join us for the next IDHRC meeting! Visit the Contact Us page to learn more. 
Take a Look:
Tips for successful donating and volunteering during a disaster
Volunteer! Click to pre-register to become a Disaster Volunteer


Current Disasters

Spring 2019 Flooding

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



Governor Reynolds has turned on 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





1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.


Opportunities to Volunteer (these will be updated as new opportunities are identified)

Mills County Flood Relief Volunteer Signup

Pottawattamie County Flood Relief Volunteer Registry

Volunteer Iowa - Register to be a disaster volunteer

The Salvation Army - Western Iowa Counties and Nebraska. This link takes to the bell ringing voluntee site that is now being used for disaster volunteer coordination. Interested volunteers can also call their hotline 402-898-6050.

American Red Cross - Register to volunteer




Do not send or bring unsolicited donations. In the early stages of the response phase, most organizations are unable to accommodate any material goods. Unsolicited donations create a challenge of storage and sorting when focus is needed on response and recovery.


Opportunities to Donate (these will be updated as new opportunities are identified)

Mills County Community Foundation (through the Omaha Community Foundation website) 

Fremont County Flood Fund (through the Omaha Community Foundation website) 

The Salvation Army - Help those impacted by the March 2019 flooding in western Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota

American Red Cross 




2019 Iowa Floods website

Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Iowa Concern Hotline

2-1-1 - Road closures

Iowa Department of Public Health - Flood related information - Free rental housing locator 

ISU Extension - Disaster Recovery





Don Hampton Award Ceremony and Conference


5th Annual Don Hampton Conference & Award Ceremony


April 18, 2019   9:30am-4:00pm


United Way Human Services Campus, Conference Room E

1111 9th Street, Des Moines 5031 





Click Here for Conference Flyer


* This event is geared toward disaster response personnel, emergency managers, case managers, local long-term recovery committees, and organizations who may be called upon to help if a disaster affects their community.



Award Nominations


Nominations are open for the 2019 Don Hampton Memorial Award! Submissions are due by March 25, 2019. Nomination information and form can be found here or by contacting the IDHRC at


Through the Don Hampton Service Award, the IDHRC recognizes outstanding Iowans who have responded in times of disaster to provide aid to their fellow Iowans. This award is in memory of Don Hampton, who was a longtime member of the IDHRC, a volunteer and champion of the disaster response and recovery community, and whose selfless dedication served those in need throughout our state.



Award Recipients and Conference Presentations:








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