RED OAK, Iowa – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump approved Governor Reynolds’ request for funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program for Linn County. Disaster assessments for other requested counties are ongoing.
“In my visits to Linn County to see the areas that have been hit hard by last week’s derecho, folks have made it clear to me how important support from the federal government is to our recovery,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “I’m grateful to both President Trump and Governor Reynolds for acting quickly to get Iowans in the community assistance, and I’ll continue working to ensure folks across the state who have been affected by the derecho are getting the support they need.”
“President Trump’s swift and decisive response will deliver critical assistance for our state as we continue to recover from this devastating storm,” said Gov. Reynolds. “While many in the national media ignored what was happening here on the ground following the devastating derecho, President Trump and I spoke the day after the storm hit. During that conversation, he promised the full cooperation of the federal government during this critical time. Once again, he has come through and I am grateful for this President‘s unwavering commitment to Iowa as we continue to secure federal assistance for all affected counties.”
“I appreciate President Trump’s quick approval of Linn County’s Individual Assistance request,” said Senator Chuck Grassley. “Many Iowans’ homes have been destroyed by this storm and federal assistance is needed to help them get back on their feet. I’ll continue to work with FEMA, the State of Iowa and affected communities and individuals on further recovery needs.”
“This is a critical need for the people of Cedar Rapids,” said Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart. “We are thankful to the Governor, our Congressional Delegation, and ultimately the President for adding this important individual assistance to the disaster declaration.”
“This natural disaster is of historic magnitude. Iowans are pulling together,” said Marion Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly. “But assistance from the federal government will go a long way to helping us recover as quickly as possible.”
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.
Additional counties may be approved for the Individual Assistance Program as FEMA continues to review damage assessments. The governor had also requested Individual Assistance funding for Audubon, Benton, Boone, Cass, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Dallas, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hardin, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Madison, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, and Washington counties.
The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program remains available in the above counties. The Iowa 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 $43,440 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.
Linn County residents are no longer eligible to apply for the State Individual Assistance Program and should apply for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program.
Disaster Case Management remains available to impacted Iowans. For information, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.