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Major Disaster Declared in Iowa

03 Aug

Major Disaster Declared in Iowa

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Federal Disaster Declared for Iowa

Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4234)

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Iowa in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of June 20-25, 2015.

The areas that were worst affected by the extreme weather events include Allamakee, Appanoose, Butler, Clayton, Dallas, Davis, Des Moines, Guthrie, Howard, Jefferson, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Mitchell, Monroe, Warren, Wayne, Winneshiek, and Wright counties.

Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the territory and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

This is the 30th Major Disaster Declaration [DR 4205-4234] proclaimed for a U.S. state/territory. Additionally, the federal government has issued ten Fire Management Assistance Declarations for the year to date.


Go to Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management home page

Governor Terry E. Branstad has received word that President Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 counties impacted by severe weather in June.

The counties included in the declaration are:Allamakee, Appanoose, Butler, Clayton,Dallas, Davis, Des Moines, Guthrie, Howard,Jefferson, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Mitchell,Monroe, Warren, Wayne, Winneshiek and Wright.

(Click here for a PDF of the map below.) MAP/.pdf: http://homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/documents/maps/MAP_DR-4234_COUNTIES.pdf

The declaration by the President will provide federal funding to the declared counties under the Public Assistance Program. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are matched by state programs, and designed to help public entities and select non-profits. Public Assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools.

The Governor also received notification that the Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future disasters by taking steps now to strengthen existing infrastructure.

This Presidential Disaster Declaration is the 22nd Presidential Disaster Declaration Iowa has received since March 2007.

New Governor’s Disaster Proclamation

In addition, today Gov. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Guthrie, Marion, Union and Warren counties. This is in response to the ongoing flooding and severe weather beginning July 26, 2015.

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms. Today’s proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for all four counties.

The Iowa Individual Assistance 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 $40,180, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. 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.

Bird flu links

Find out more about bird flu in Iowa, including how to protect flocks, frequently asked questions, fact sheets, brochures, and more.

Link to Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship website

Fire Management Assistance Declarations (2015)

[FM-5093] 08/02/2015 California Rocky Fire
[FM-5092] 07/30/2015 Oregon Stouts Creek Fire
[FM-5091] 07/23/2015 California Wragg Fire
[FM-5090] 07/20/2015 Washington Blue Creek Fire
[FM-5089] 07/20/2015 California North Fire
[FM-5088] 07/06/2015 Idaho Cape Horn Fire
[FM-5087] 06/29/2015 Washington Sleepy Hollow Fire
[FM-5086] 06/17/2015 Arizona Kearney River Fire
[FM-5085] 06/16/2015 Alaska Card Street Fire
[FM-5084] 06/15/2015 Alaska Sockeye Fire

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