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Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for 19 counties

 

OCT. 11, 2018 - Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for 19 counties in response to severe weather, including damaging winds, heavy rains, flooding, and tornadoes, that took place beginning Oct. 4, 2018.

 

The counties included in the governor's proclamation are: Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Clarke, Des Moines, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Iowa, Johnson, Kossuth, Lee, Marshall, Ringgold, Scott, and Union. The proclamation allows 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, 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 covered by governor's disaster proclamations from June to October 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.

Iowans impacted by 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.

 

Gov. Reynolds appeals denial of assistance for those affected by July storms

 

Gov. Reynolds appeals denial of assistance for Iowans impacted by July tornadoes

 

SEPT. 28, 2018 - Gov. Kim Reynolds submitted an appeal letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Friday asking it to reconsider its denial of her request for federal assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses affected by tornadoes on July 19, 2018.

 

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

 

On September 14, 2018, the governor received notification from FEMA that it had denied her request to activate the federal Individual Assistance Program in Marshall and Polk 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 to work closely with local emergency management agencies to determine if there were additional impacts caused by the tornadoes.

 

"We've been able to generate a much clearer picture of the direct and indirect impacts the tornadoes have had on the survivors of this disaster, as well as the community as a whole," the governor continued.

 

"Community, state and voluntary organization resources are stretched thin, and with winter fast approaching, we need to make sure these people are able to repair their homes and that businesses are able to reopen to serve the community and contribute to the economy."

 

Gov. Reynolds appeals denial of federal assistance

 

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: 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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