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Iowa Disaster Assistance Tops $2 Million

June 15, 2008
Release Number: 1763-017
More Information on Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding

DES MOINES, Iowa -- More than $2 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been approved in the 17 days since President Bush issued a major disaster declaration for four Iowa counties, according to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The declaration was signed on May 27 covering the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began May 25 and continuing.

As of June 12, more than 2,300 households in the federally-declared disaster counties of Black Hawk, Buchanan and Butler have applied for assistance. A total of $937,812 in financial assistance has been approved for Iowa residents under the Individuals and Households Program.

This assistance may be used for temporary disaster housing and for the repair of disaster-damaged homes, returning them to a safe, sanitary and functional condition and for Other Needs Assistance available for serious, necessary disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs. More than 1,700 homes inspections have been requested in the 17 days since the disaster was declared..

As of June 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 12 loans totaling $1,193,400. SBA officials encourage anyone who has received an application from the SBA to turn it in as soon as possible in order to be eligible for any further assistance.

SBA provides low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes for property losses not fully covered by insurance. In addition, small businesses may receive loans to help provide working capital funds to recover from the disaster's economic impact.

Five Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open to distribute  information about state, federal and non-profit organization assistance programs to those affected by the disaster. The centers have had more than 1,800 visits in the affected areas. These DRCs are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice:

Black Hawk County

    * Campus Towers, Northern Iowa University, 2003 Campus Street, Building 3, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
    * Pinecrest Bldg, Room 201, 1407 Independence Ave. Waterloo, IA 50703

Buchanan County

    * Aurora Comet Center, 401 Woodruff, Aurora, IA 50607

Butler County

    * Mobile DRC - New Hartford Fire Station, 308 Packwaukee St., New Hartford, IA 50660
    * Memorial Veterans Bldg., 101 Colfax St., Parkersburg, IA 50665

Individuals may register for assistance online at anytime or by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Applicants may also call those numbers to check on the status and update their applications or report any additional damage.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

Last Modified: Sunday, 15-Jun-2008 15:29:06

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