Active Disaster Declarations in Iowa

Authored By: Iowa Legal Aid

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CURRENT ACTIVE DISASTER DECLARATIONS:

Grant Program(s) activated:     

On April 17, 2024, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Allamakee, Cass, Des Moines, Fayette, Henry, and Lee counties in response to severe weather that occurred on April 16. The governor's proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Advocacy Program for those counties.   The deadline to apply for Individual Assistance Grants is June 3, 2024.

On April 29, 2024, the Governor issued a disaster proclamation for Crawford county in response to severe weather that occurred on April 26. The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Advocacy Program was activated. The deadline to apply for Individual Assistance Grants is June 13, 2024.

President Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Clarke, Harrison, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, and Union Counties in response to the severe weather that occured on April 26. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are now authorized to provide assistance. These counties are no longer eligible for state assistance and persons must now apply for FEMA and SBA assistance. You can apply for help here: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available to eligible individuals as a result of a Major Disaster Declaration signed by President Biden.  Iowa Workforce Development is accepting applications for DUA from individuals in Clarke, Harrison, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby and Union Counties whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms beginning April 26, 2024. DUA expands eligibility for unemployment benefits and provides assistance to the self-employed, including business owners and farmers. Applications for DUA must be filed by July 13, 2024.

On May 8, 2024, the Governor issued a disaster proclamation for Clarke, Marion, O’Brien, and Pottawattamie counties in response to severe weather that occurred on May 6. The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Advocacy Program was activated. The deadline to apply for Individual Assistance Grants is June 24, 2024.

On May 21, 2024, the Governor issued a disaster proclamation for Adams, Cass, Clay, Hardin, Harrison, Jasper, Kossuth, Marshall, Page, Palo Alto, Pottawattamie, Tama, and Warren Counties in response to severe weather that occurred on May 21. The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Advocacy Program was activated. The deadline to apply for Individual Assistance Grants is July 5, 2024.

President Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Adair, Montgomery, Polk, and Story counties in response to the severe weather that occured on May 21. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are now authorized to provide assistance. These counties are no longer eligible for state assistance and persons must now apply for FEMA and SBA assistance. You can apply for help here: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

On May 22, 2024, the Governor issued a disaster proclamation for Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Butler, Cedar, Clinton, Dubuque, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Iowa, Jackson, Mills, Muscatine, and O'Brien counties in response to the severe weather that occured on May 21. The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Advocacy Program was activated. The deadline to apply for Individual Assistance Grants is July 8, 2024.

On May 24, 2024, the Governor issued a disaster proclamation for Calhoun, Cerro Gordo, Johnson, Keokuk, Marion, Scott, Shelby, Union, Washington, and Wright counties in response to the severe weather that occured on May 21. The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Advocacy Program was activated. The deadline to apply for Individual Assistance Grants is July 8, 2024.

On May 28, 2024, the Governor issued a disaster proclamation for Dallas, Poweshiek, and Webster counties in response to the severe weather that occured since May 21. The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Advocacy Program was activated. The deadline to apply for Individual Assistance Grants is July 12, 2024.


The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website at homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/assistance. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.   
 
The Disaster Case Advocacy Program addresses serious needs related to disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse conditions. Disaster case advocates work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice, and referrals to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor's proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Advocacy Program, contact your local community action association or visit iowacommunityaction.org.

 

 

·       Iowa Legal Aid provides help to low-income Iowans.

·       To apply for help from Iowa Legal Aid:

o   call 800-532-1275

o   Iowans age 60 and over, call 800-992-8161

OR

o   apply online at iowalegalaid.org

·       If Iowa Legal Aid cannot help, you can look for an attorney on “Find A Lawyer” on the Iowa State Bar Association website – iowabar.org.   A private attorney there can talk with you for a fee of $25 for 30 minutes of legal advice.

Last Review and Update: May 29, 2024
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