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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:
IOWA INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM AND IOWA DISASTER CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
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.
Governor's Disaster Proclamation
State Individual Assistance & Disaster Case Management
May 17, 2019, and continuing
FEDERAL INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE
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.
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.
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.
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)
- Mills County Flood Relief Volunteer Signup
- Pottawattamie County Flood Relief Volunteer Registry
- The Salvation Army - Western Iowa Counties and Nebraska. This link takes to the bell ringing volunteer site that is now being used for disaster volunteer coordination. Interested volunteers can also call 402-898-6050.
- 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
- Volunteer Iowa - Register to be a disaster volunteer and search for opportunities
- American Red Cross - Register to volunteer
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)
HELFUL SITES AND RESOURCES
511ia.org - Road closures
IowaHousingSearch.org - Free rental housing locator
As needs and resources are shared with us from our members and community partners, we will update this information. Please check back regularly.