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Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for 14 counties

 

SEPT. 21, 2018 - Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, O'Brien, Palo Alto, Sioux, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright counties, in response to storms and flooding that took place beginning Sept. 19.


The governor's proclamation allow State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather, and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents in the affected counties, along with the Disaster Case Management Program.

 

The Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. 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 Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Map of counties affected by governor's proclamations from June-September 2018

 

Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral 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 Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

Report damage to Iowa HSEMDResidents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies.

 

FEMA denies Iowa's request for Federal Individual Assistance - NEW Sept. 14

 

FEMA denies Gov. Reynolds' request for assistance to individuals impacted by tornadoes in Marshall, Polk Counties

Governor will appeal to FEMA

Gov. Kim Reynolds has received notification that her request has been denied for federal disaster assistance for homeowners, renters, and businesses impacted by the July 19, 2018, tornadoes in Marshall and Polk counties.

 

On Aug. 17, the governor requested the Individual Assistance Program be made available to residents and businesses affected by the July 19 storms and tornadoes in Marshall and Polk counties. Individual Assistance Program funding provides disaster survivors with programs and services to maximize recovery, including assistance with housing, personal property replacement, medical expenses, and legal services.

 

In its denial letter, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had determined the impact to individuals and households from this event was not of such severity and magnitude to warrant a designation of Individual Assistance.

 

The governor has 30 days to file an appeal with FEMA. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be working closely with local emergency management agencies to determine additional damage and impacts caused by the tornadoes and severe weather.

 

This is the second denial of federal disaster assistance for Iowans this year. In August, FEMA denied the governor’s request for the Individual Assistance Program for homeowners, renters, and businesses in four counties that were impacted by flooding and severe storms from June 6 to July 2. Gov. Reynolds submitted an appeal letter to FEMA on Sept. 11, asking it to reconsider its denial of that request.

Federal assistance granted for public and nonprofit entities

The governor’s request for disaster assistance funding for the repair of public infrastructure damaged by the July 19 tornadoes and severe storms in four counties was granted on Sept. 12. In addition, her earlier request for disaster assistance for public and nonprofit entities in 30 counties following the flooding and severe weather from June 6 to July 2, was granted Aug. 20.

Map for Presidential Disaster 4392, Public Assistance, for Lee, Marion, Marshall, and Van Buren counties.

 

 

 

Gov. Reynolds appeals denial of federal assistance - NEW Sept. 11

 

Governor Reynolds appeals denial of assistance for Iowans impacted by flooding

 

Gov. Kim Reynolds submitted an appeal letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today asking it to reconsider its denial of her request for federal assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses that were affected by flooding and severe weather from June 6 to July 2, 2018.

 

"We have provided FEMA with additional information that more clearly outlines the tremendous impact this disaster has had on our citizens," Gov. Reynolds said. "I am asking that they grant my request to make this assistance available to Iowans who are in need."

 

On Aug. 22, 2018, the governor received notification from FEMA that it had denied her request to activate the federal Individual Assistance Program in Buchanan, Dickinson, Polk, and Winnebago counties. Individual Assistance funding provides disaster survivors with programs and services to maximize recovery, including assistance with housing, personal property replacement, medical expenses and legal services. In its denial letter, FEMA said it had determined the impact to individuals and households was not of such severity and magnitude to warrant a designation of Individual Assistance.

 

Following FEMA's denial, the governor directed the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) to work closely with local emergency management agencies to determine if there were additional damage and impacts caused by the flooding and severe weather.

 

"We've been able to document a substantial increase in the number of homes that sustained major damage from the flooding," the governor continued. "In our appeal, we presented a much clearer picture of the true impact of the flooding on citizens and communities, as well as the cumulative effect this disaster and the July tornadoes have had on our state."

 

The FEMA Individual Assistance program, for homeowners, renters and businesses, can include 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.

 

 

 

President Trump issues Disaster Declaration for 30 counties

 

President Trump issues Disaster Declaration for 30 counties

 

Aug. 20, 2018 - Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds received word that President Donald Trump approved her request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 30 counties impacted by flooding and severe weather from June 6 through July 2, 2018.

 

The counties included in the declaration are: Adair, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dallas, Delaware, Dickinson, Emmet, Floyd, Hamilton, Hancock, Howard, Humboldt, Kossuth, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Polk, Sioux, Story, Warren, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, and Wright.

Map of 30 counties included in Presidential Disaster Declaration 4386

The declaration will provide federal funding to the included counties under the Public Assistance Program. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are partially matched by state programs, and designed to help public entities and select non-profits. Public Assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools. Damage assessments in the 30 declared counties showed an estimated $16 million worth of damage that could be eligible under the Public Assistance Program.

 

The governor also received notification that the Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future disasters by taking steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards.

The governor requested the declaration on Aug. 1. Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

 

 

 

Remembering the Summer of 2008

Recovery to Resilience: Beginning of Disaster 1763

It began on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend - May 25, 2008. At 4:48 p.m. an EF-5 tornado formed and ripped across 43 miles of Butler and Black Hawk counties in Iowa. It was to be the beginning of the worst disaster season the state had ever faced, with more than $2 billion in damage from storms, tornadoes, and flooding. In this video, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management staff recall the events surrounding the "Parkersburg tornado."

 

 

Text-to-911

Text-to-911 logo: Call if you can, text if you can'tFor the past few years, HSEMD and its many telecommunications vendors and several wireless providers have worked diligently to upgrade Iowa's 911 network to an Internet Protocol (IP)-based system. The improved system, which is more robust and capable of handling new messaging technology, is now 98 percent complete. HSEMD, vendors, and wireless providers continue to work aggressively toward 100-percent statewide Text-to-911 capability.

 

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