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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.
IOWA INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM AND IOWA DISASTER CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
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 deploy - Seeing 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. 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)
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
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
HELFUL SITES AND RESOURCES
511ia.org - Road closures
Iowa Department of Public Health - Flood related information
IowaHousingSearch.org - Free rental housing locator