Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1518)

Incident period: May 19, 2004 to June 24, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 25, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 7, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The toll-free Registration and Helpline number for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is changing hours. Effective Tuesday, June 8, Iowans can register for assistance with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm. CDT. The Registration line will be closed on Sundays. These hours of operation also apply to the TTY number for hearing/speech impaired: 1-800-462-7585.
June 5, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM) urge Iowans to take precautions with respect to potentially hazardous water. “It’s imperative that people protect themselves from the many hazards associated with floodwaters,” said Thomas J. Costello, Federal Coordinating Officer for the recovery effort.
June 4, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HLSEM) will open three more Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) this weekend in Black Hawk, Dallas, and Marshall counties. Disaster Recovery Centers are designed to provide detailed program information to those who have already applied for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number: 1?800?621?FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1?800?462?7585 for those who are speech- or hearing-impaired.
June 4, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans who have applied for disaster assistance may be contacted and visited by a damage inspector, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM). "The inspections help us verify the damages, which allows us to help applicants get the most assistance they're eligible for in the quickest and most efficient way possible," said Thomas J. Costello, Federal Coordinating Officer.
June 3, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Individuals who are out of work as a direct result of the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began May 19 may be eligible for weekly benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program, state and federal recovery officials said today.
June 3, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Disaster Recovery Center in Humboldt County, Iowa, operated jointly by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM) will close on Friday, June 4, at 6 p.m. "We believe we have taken care of most of the questions since very few people are now coming to the Humboldt County Disaster Recovery Center in Bradgate," said Thomas J. Costello, Federal Coordinating Officer.

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