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Gov. Reynolds announces SBA disaster assistance for flood-damaged counties

 

DEC. 12, 2018 - Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted her request to provide assistance in the form of low-interest disaster loans for Polk County, along with seven contiguous counties impacted by the June 6 to July 2, 2018, flooding and severe weather event.

 

Homeowners, renters, businesses, and most nonprofit organizations in Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story and Warren counties, whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster, will be able to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA.

 

Small Business Administration logoApplications may be made in person at the SBA's Disaster Loan Outreach Center located at Polk County River Place, 2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, beginning Dec. 13, 2018, at 8 a.m. Representatives from SBA will be on hand at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help individuals complete their application. The Center's normal hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. Please note for the holidays, the Center closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 and reopens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3. No appointment is necessary.

 

Applicants may apply online, and receive additional disaster assistance information, on the SBA website. Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email SBA Customer Service for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 1-800-877-8339.

 

FEMA denies Gov. Reynolds' appeal for disaster assistance to individuals impacted by spring, summer flooding

 

FEMA denies Gov. Reynolds' appeal for disaster assistance

Individual Assistance would have aided individuals impacted by spring, summer flooding

 

DEC. 10, 2018 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notified Gov. Kim Reynolds' office that the governor's appeal for disaster assistance for flood victims in Buchanan, Dickinson, Polk and Winnebago counties is denied.

 

On Aug. 1, Gov. Reynolds requested that the federal Individual Assistance Program be made available to residents and businesses affected by severe storms and flooding from June 6-July 2. On Aug. 22, FEMA notified Gov. Reynolds that her request was denied. The governor sent an appeal letter to FEMA on Sept. 11.

 

Individual Assistance funding provides victims with programs and services to maximize recovery. In the denial letter, FEMA said a review reaffirmed the original finding that the impact was not severe or widespread enough for individual assistance. President Donald Trump declared the four counties a presidential disaster in August, making public assistance funds available.

 

In June, in response to the severe storms and flooding, Gov. Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for all four counties. The proclamation activated the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant and Disaster Case Management programs for qualifying residents. The programs have already provided more than $2.8 million of assistance to more than 1,000 households impacted by these disasters.

 

After learning of FEMA's denial of her appeal, Gov. Reynolds requested assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA). An SBA declaration would make low-interest disaster loans available to Polk County, along with seven contiguous counties: Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Warren and Story.

 

If the request is granted, residents in those eight counties will receive more information from the SBA on where and how to apply for assistance. A decision on the request is expected to be made soon. Buchanan, Dickinson and Winnebago counties did not meet the damage thresholds required to activate SBA assistance.

 

 

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

 

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

 

DEC. 4, 2018 - Gov. Kim Reynolds has received notification the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied her appeal to make federal disaster assistance available for homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the July 19, 2018, tornadoes in Marshall and Polk counties.

 

On Aug. 17, the governor requested the federal Individual Assistance Program be made available to residents and businesses affected by the July 19 tornadoes in Marshall and Polk counties. On Sept. 14, Gov. Reynolds received notification from FEMA that her request had been denied. She sent a letter of appeal to FEMA on Sept. 28.

 

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 of the governor's appeal, FEMA said after review of the information contained in the initial request and the appeal, they reaffirmed their original findings that the impact to individuals and households from the tornado event was not of such severity and magnitude to warrant a designation of Individual Assistance.

 

VALOR logoAlthough federal Individual Assistance has been denied, the State of Iowa is working with the City of Marshalltown to provide assistance to home owners impacted by the tornado. The Voluntary Agencies Leading and Organizing Repairs (VALOR) program provides temporary minor emergency home repairs for eligible properties that are owner-occupied or under contract for purchase and have sustained damage as the result of the July 19 tornado. Repairs eligible under VALOR include weatherproofing, securing windows and doors, repairing damaged portions of roofs, removing mold and mildew, and providing safe access to a home with stairs or a ramp. The goal of the program is to help people return to, or remain in, their home by completing repairs that will make the residence safe, secure, accessible, and habitable. VALOR utilizes selected volunteer organizations to perform the repairs. Marshalltown residents have until Dec. 27 to apply for the VALOR program. Information about VALOR is available at www.marshalltown-ia.gov/VALOR or by calling Marshalltown's Housing and Community Development office at 641-754-6583.


To assist with Marshalltown's housing needs following the tornado, in August Gov. Reynolds established the 2018 Long Term Housing Recovery Task Force. The task force is working to identify Marshalltown's immediate and long-term housing needs and the potential resources to meet those needs. The task force is comprised of representatives from local, State, and federal agencies, along with voluntary agency partners. The task force members will collaborate to identify available resources and provide an overall network of assistance to support immediate and long-term housing recovery goals.

 

In addition, the governor activated the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents of Marshall and Polk counties, along with the Disaster Case Management Program.

 

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 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. For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Human Services website.

 

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. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

 

 

VALOR program offered to Marshalltown residents (applications due: Dec. 27)

 

Gov. Reynolds announces new program to assist Marshalltown residents recovering from July tornado

 

OCT. 26, 2018 - Gov. Kim Reynolds and Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer today announced a new program to provide temporary minor emergency home repairs to eligible Marshalltown residents impacted by the July tornado.

 

Voluntary Agencies Leading and Organizing Repairs (VALOR) leverages federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create a partnership with local volunteer agencies, making it possible for volunteers to make temporary minor emergency repairs to eligible properties. The goal of the program is to help people return to, or remain in, their home by completing repairs that will make the residence safe, secure, accessible, and habitable.

 

Tornado damage in Marshalltown, Iowa

 

"Iowa is the first state in the continental United States to offer the VALOR Program as part of its disaster recovery efforts," said Gov. Reynolds. "This program is an example of innovative thinking meeting the Iowa ideal of neighbor helping neighbor."

 

VALOR utilizes selected volunteer organizations to perform the approved work, including providing oversight of volunteer labor, identifying volunteers to perform repair work, conducting property assessments, ordering needed materials, and making repairs.

 

"Volunteers have been a tremendous resource in helping our city and our citizens recover after the tornado," said Mayor Greer. "Through the VALOR Program, we will be able to combine our volunteer assets with the needed materials to make those temporary emergency repairs that are crucial to the safety of our citizens."

 

To be eligible for temporary minor emergency repairs under the VALOR program, properties must be owner occupied or under contract for purchase, and have sustained damage as the result of the July 19, 2018, tornado. The City believes approximately 400 homes may be eligible to receive assistance under the program. Repairs eligible under VALOR include weatherproofing, securing windows and doors, repairing damaged portions of roofs, removing mold and mildew, and providing safe access to a home with stairs or a ramp. The City of Marshalltown will administer the grant funding and purchase the necessary supplies, materials, and equipment, limited to $5,000 per residential structure.

 

Marshalltown residents may find out more information and apply for repair assistance by calling the Housing and Community Development Department at 641-754-6583.

 

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is working with the City of Marshalltown to implement the program. Seventy-five percent of the funding for the VALOR Program is provided through FEMA. The State of Iowa and the City of Marshalltown will be responsible for providing the remaining 25 percent of the funding. The program was first authorized in Puerto Rico to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Maria.

 

 

 

 

Remembering the Summer of 2008

Recovery to Resilience: The Tornado and the Little Sioux Boy Scout Ranch

First, an EF-5 tornado leveled half the town of Parkersburg. Then came the rain. Then, on June 11, 2008, four boys were killed at the Little Sioux Boy Scout Ranch in Monona County. Current and former staff from the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, including former department head David Miller and current Director Joyce Flinn, recall the night the storm blew through the Loess Hills and the State Emergency Operations Center.

 

 

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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