Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Thursday, which includes Story County, in response to flooding and severe weather that began June 14th and is continuing. On June 19, the Emergency Management Commission chair, Rick Sanders, initiated inclusion of Story County in the proclamation by signing a Local Disaster Declaration on behalf of all the jurisdictions in Story County.
The proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents of Story County. The grant program provides up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing expenses not covered by insurance or other grant programs. 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 at http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. For information on the Individual Assistance Grant Program in Story County, contact Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) at 230 SE 16th Street, Ames at 515-956-3333.
MICA will also be administering Disaster Case Management in Story County to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation.
Iowa Homeland Security ask residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather to report damages to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Management Coordinator commented, “Story County residents are encouraged to report damages online by going to https://www.weather.gov/dmx/ and clicking on the link ‘Iowa Public Damage and Storm Reporting Form’ under news headlines. It is a quick and easy way to provide us information on your damages. You can also contact your City Hall and provide them your damage information over the phone. Information on the location of damages and what type of damage occurred helps us get a clear understanding what assistance residents may need and how these storms really impacted each community.”
Those impacted by the flooding are encourage to go to the Iowa Department of Public Health website http://www.idph.iowa.gov/flooding and view resources and information on how to safely clean up and recovery from flooding a flooding event. Updated information on flooding and severe weather will be shared with local media and through the Story County Emergency Management Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/storycountyema/.