Many Iowans are still recovering from the aftermath of the Derecho. There are a variety of resources available in the State of Iowa to help you recover from a loss of shelter, food and water, or belongings. Using the resources below, you’ll find out how to apply for a post-disaster grant, work with a case manager for your individual situation, and more.
Assistance for all 27 Iowa counties (see eligible counties below)
- Iowa Individual Assistance Program
- Disaster Case Management Program
- Food Assistance Replacement Program
- Wic Replacement
- Disaster Mental Health Assistance
- Federal Local Government & Non Profit Assistance
Linn Co. Only Assistance
More detailed information on each program below.
Recovery Assistance Available for 27 Iowa Counties
For designated Iowa counties including Audubon, Benton, Boone, Cass, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Dallas, Greene, Guthrie, Grundy, Hardin, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Madison, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama and Washington Counties the below is assistance is available:
Iowa Individual Assistance Program:
All other counties listed above are eligible for the Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides up to $5,000 grants for households with (up to) 200% federal poverty level income or a $43,440 maximum annual income for a family of three. Grants are available for home/car repairs, food or clothing replacement, and temporary housing expenses. Those seeing reimbursement for storm recovery related expenses must provide original receipts and potential applicants have 45 days from the proclamation date to submit an application. Both the application and instructions can be found on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs **IOWA INDIVIDUAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM (IIAGP) – DISCONTINUED IN LINN COUNTY DUE TO THE PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION.**
Disaster Case Management Program:
Assists all Iowans with overcoming disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse conditions. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referrals for services or resources. This program does not have income eligibility restrictions and closes 180 days from the governor’s proclamation date. Iowans may contact their local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org for more Disaster Case Management program information.
Food Assistance Replacement Program:
- Digital submission: Download and complete the application form, then submit a clear image of the form to: ImagingCenter5@dhs.state.ia.us.
- Forms are available at local DHS offices and are also available by mail. Completed paper forms can be submitted to local offices in person, by mail or by fax. Use our DHS Office Locator to find the one nearest you.
Disaster Mental Health Assistance:
The Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) is a trained team of volunteers who will respond to the mental health needs of Iowa residents following disasters and critical incidents. The team provides services for community providers based on local area needs and may be delivered at a disaster site in an affected community or statewide. Local authorities may request DBHRT assistance in order to meet the behavioral health needs of communities in crisis by contacting the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Duty Officer. The duty officer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 515-725-3231. For more information go to www.iowadbhrt.org.
Lastly, county residents who are impacted by yesterday’s severe weather are asked to report damage to their local/state officials so officials may better understand the damage sustained. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will collect property, road, utility, and other storm-related damage information and will share with local emergency management agencies.
Federal Local Government and Nonprofit Assistance Available:
Federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance program is now available to the state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Dallas, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and facility repair or replacement relating to severe storm damage. For more information relating to Public Assistance, please visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters.
Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama Counties Only Recovery Assistance
Residents of Linn County can now apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program, which provides disaster-affected homeowners, renters, and businesses with programs and services to maximize recovery, including assistance with housing, personal property replacement, medical expenses, and legal services.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 for TTY users. Users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST, seven days a week, until further notice. Another option is registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Federal Individual Assistance:
Linn County homeowners, renters, and businesses impacted by the August 10th storm can now apply for Federal Individual Assistance. Call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY), 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. or apply online at disasterassistance.gov. Have the following available:
- Address and zip code
- Insurance information
- Social security number
- Phone number where you can be contacted
- Mailing or email address
(For counties other than Linn where the Governor has declared a disaster, you can apply by clicking on Iowa Disaster Assistance Application (Español). Applications can be turned in to a local Community Action Agency, go to www.iowacommunityaction.org to find your local agency. For the Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant program information call toll-free 1-877-347-5678.)
Linn County Only
P-EBT Hot Food Waiver:
Beginning August 24 through September 21, 2020 Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Pandemic Electronic Benefits transfer (P-EBT) recipients will be able to use their Food Assistance benefits to purchase hot foods Linn County. Ordinarily excluded from eligibility, this waiver allows foods such as deli counter items, prepared pizza, and other hot meals may be purchased at participating retailers. Find participating retailers here. Linn county residents, call 641-684-3999 or 888-338-6067 with questions.
Cedar Rapids Food and Supply Locations:
Teamsters Local 238 Supplies Location
Starting Sunday, Aug. 23, locations in the Cedar Rapids area that serve hot meals to the community will be changing and run by The Salvation Army and American Red Cross. These sites will continue to serve meals through at least Tuesday, Aug. 25:
Lunch (noon to 2 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 7 p.m.):
- Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd SW
- St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 1340 Third Ave. SE
- Metro High School, 1212 Seventh St. SE
- Nixon Elementary, 200 Nixon Drive, Hiawatha
Lunch only (noon to 2 p.m.):
- Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th St. NW (parking lot)
- Taylor Elementary School, 720 Seventh Ave. SW
Residents in shelters will continue to be fed by volunteers with the Red Cross.
Mercy Chefs, a faith-based, nonprofit disaster relief organization, is planning on serving 4,000 meals daily starting Friday, Aug. 14, from The ROC Center at 1202 10th St. SE in Cedar Rapids. Lunch will be served daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dinner daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. They are also looking for volunteers. Sign up at mercychefs.com/volunteer.
Food Pantry Locations-
- Cedar Rapids: Ladd Library (3750 Williams Boulevard SW), Northwest Recreation Center (1340 11th Street NW – parking lot), St. Paul’s Methodist Church (1340 3rd Avenue SE), Metro High School (1212 7th Street SE), Taylor Elementary School (720 7th Avenue SW)
- Hiawatha: Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons St., is available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
- Lisbon: Southeast Linn Community Center, 108 S. Washington St. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. (For Lisbon and Mount Vernon residents.)
- Marion: Marion Square, 1107 Seventh Ave. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Donations also can be dropped during those hours. Diapers, baby needs and other supplies available.
- Fairfax: The Fairfax Food Fairy community food pantry, in Fairfax Library’s community room, 313 Vanderbilt St., 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Emergency resource information is also available. Face masks required. Non-perishable food donations are also accepted during these hours.
- Food assistance also is available daily at the Neighborhood Resource Centers (scroll down for list).
Iowa Workforce Development is now accepting applications from individuals in Linn County whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms beginning Aug. 10, 2020. DUA expands eligibility for unemployment benefits and provides assistance to the self-employed, including business owners and farmers. Applications for DUA must be filed by Sept. 24, 2020. Apply at: http://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits
Beware of Scams
Beware of scams! If you have been impacted by a disaster, you don’t want scammers to take advantage of you. Consumers are encouraged to contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office if they have consumer complaints about questionable contractors or about price-gouging. Price gouging is charging exorbitant and unjustified prices for products or services that are necessary for disaster victims.
- Web – https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/for-consumers/general-consumer-information/home-improvements–repairs/natural-disasters-cleanup-and-repairs/
- Phone – 515-281-5926 (toll-free number outside of the Des Moines area: 888-777-4590)
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
General FEMA Information:
Check to see if the contractor offering services to repair your home is registered with the State. https://contractor.iowa.gov/IowaIWD/CREG/publicSearch/publicSearch.jsp?lid=&eaaUserId=
County Resource Sites:
County Emergency Management Offices: https://www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/county_EM/county_EM_overview.html
When a disaster strikes, people want to help. One thing those affected by the disaster don’t need is the logistical nightmare that is created when a surge of unsolicited donations pour into their communities and overwhelm those tasked with recovery.
- Polk County Community Foundation – https://dmf.iphiview.com/dmf/FundInformation/tabid/495/dispatch/accountselection_id$222165_hash
- American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/
- Cedar Rapids Teamsters Local 238- https://www.gofundme.com/f/teamsters-238-disaster-relief?utm_source=widget&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
- Animal Rescue League – https://www.arl-iowa.org/
- United Way of Central Iowa – https://www.unitedwaydm.org/
- Habitat for Humanity http://www.iowahabitat.org/donate
- Iowa Legal Aid https://www.iowalegalaid.org/donate
Proper disposal of household hazardous materials is provided by a collection of facilities across the state. Learn more from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. – http://iowadnr.gov/HHM
When disaster strikes, unaffiliated/spontaneous volunteers who want to help will often travel from all over the country to assist their neighbors, friends, and even complete strangers. Yet without a plan, these much needed volunteers can cause complications with rescue response efforts. Register as a disaster response volunteer so you can be contacted when a call for volunteers is issued. – http://volunteeriowa.galaxydigital.com/drm/info/
Last Updated: 8/26/20 3:24PM