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Iowa Severe Storms (DR-4557-IA)

A severe storm and floodings hit areas in Iowa on August 10, 2020. On August 17, 2020, a Major Disaster Declaration was issued for the state of Iowa to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

People in the following Counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:

  • Benton
  • Boone
  • Cedar
  • Clinton
  • Jasper
  • Linn
  • Marshall
  • Polk
  • Poweshiek
  • Scott
  • Story
  • Tama

A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for survivors in Iowa who cannot pay for an attorney. Survivors may call 1-877-469-2259, 9 am to 4:00 pm CST, Monday through Friday to request assistance.

Click here for the full press release.

Routinely check your state emergency management social media pages for urgent disaster updates and guidance.

Important Deadlines

FEMA Application Deadline

Friday, October 16, 2020

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Appeal your FEMA decision letter

Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter.

Disaster Unemployment

Individuals from Linn County must file DUA applications by Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Individuals from Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama counties must file for DUA by Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.

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Local Help

Access aid organizations and other helpful recovery assistance through the resources below.

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Safety and Shelter Resources

Please check your local news and local officials for the latest safety and shelter resources. Access information on Safety and Shelter assistance through the resources below.

American Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery Services

Explore resources from the American Red Cross on how to stay safe and recover from a disaster.

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. You may also visit to ask questions about your case. The DRC Locator helps you find the hours, services, and locations of DRCs near you.

American Red Cross Find an Open Shelter Tool

If an emergency has forced you to evacuate your home, the Red Cross may be able to help. Search for open American Red Cross shelters near you with the “Find an Open Shelter” Tool.

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