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Iowa Severe Storms and Flooding 2019

SEVERE STORMS AND FLOODING HELP FOR PEOPLE IN IOWA

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-833-885-9876 

A severe storm and flooding hit areas in Iowa on March 12, 2019. On March 23, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Iowa to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. Additional areas may be designated later. 

  • Fremont, Harrison, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Scott, Shelby, Woodbury

For DR-4421, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4421

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Deadline to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter


Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App,
  • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply), or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. 
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates section
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors in Iowa who cannot pay for an attorney:
    • Survivors may CALL 833-885-9876 toll-free, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday to request assistance. 
    • Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Iowa lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal limited help.
  • For legal assistance and other helpful recovery information, you can visit:  
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

ARE YOU AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP? 

  • CALL TO ACTION FOR IOWA ATTORNEYS - Iowa State Bar President Tom Levis put out a call to action for Iowa attorneys to help the thousands of Iowa families have suffered destruction and damage from the recent flooding in several areas of the state this spring. Read the call to action here.
  • Join Iowa Free Legal Answers to sign up to answer legal questions online, right from your computer. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/trainings/.
    Bookmark United Policyholder's (UP) website and resources, including the Roadmap to Recovery and Advocacy and Action. UP's mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
  • Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a member roster, and discussion lists you can sign up for.