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Gov. Reynolds Issues Disaster Proclamation


March 21, 2019

Redwing Ave. just north of Paullina

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for the State of Iowa in response to Flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. On Tuesday March 12, she activated Iowa's State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response to Iowa's Flooding.

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) along with several state and federal agencies, is monitoring rapidly-evolving conditions at locations throughout the state.

The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather across the entire state and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the disaster Case Management Program for 21 counties. More counties were added Marcy 13 and again on March 14.

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 or at Upper Des Moines Opportunities in Primghar. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim (April 29, 2019).

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 Upper Des Moines Opportunities or visit http://www.iowacommunityaction.org.

Residents 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.

Other agencies available for assistance include Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund, USDA for single family dwellings Elderbridge at Spencer may be available to assist seniors with needs and Iowa Legal Aid is available for flood related legal assistance.

Looking north off of Highway 10 near the bridge by the Prairie Heritage Center.

At the March 19 Board of Supervisors meeting EMA Director Jared Johnson announced the availability of new Flood Insurance Rate Maps by Department of Natural Resources. These new maps and the associated study are in an introductory stage. Several steps are required before they will be adopted. Community meetings allowing/requesting comments and questions about the proposed maps. Those meetings will be announced once they are scheduled. The proposed maps and the study material are available at http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata.gov or http://www.fema.gov/view-your-communitys-preliminary-flood-hazard-data.gov.

Johnson also reported that FEMA reimbursement for county roads from the June 2018 flood event are beginning to come in. He also gave the Board an overview and "tour" of a new Iowa Homeland Security website now being used and available to the public to input natural disaster damage, also available at Iowa Homeland Security website.


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