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FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities


DES MOINES--Gov. Reynolds today received word that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made additional assistance available to public entities and nonprofits impacted by severe weather between March 12 and June 15.


Floyd, Keokuk, and Wapello counties have been added to a disaster declaration issued by President Trump on March 23, 2019, making them eligible to apply for the federal Public Assistance Program. These counties are now eligible to apply for funding for emergency work and protective measures, along with assistance for permanent work, including repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, through the Public Assistance Program. 


Prior to these additions, 71 counties were eligible for Public Assistance. Additional counties may be added to the Presidential Disaster Declaration for the Public Assistance Program.


In addition, Gov. Reynolds today issued a disaster proclamation for Madison County in response to severe weather beginning June 21 and continuing.


The governor's 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, for Madison County.


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. 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. 


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

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