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 2, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Disaster assistance has been made available for 44 more Iowa counties to help residents recover from the effects of recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, federal and state officials announced today. Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM) said the counties were added to the list of eligible jurisdictions based on a review of damage data gathered by state and federal disaster recovery officials.
June 2, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Relations Teams are reaching out to those affected by the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.
June 2, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Individuals who suffered damages from the severe storm, flooding, and tornadoes may be eligible for disaster assistance from the State of Iowa and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) even if they are insured.
May 31, 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 be extremely cautious when hiring contractors to repair or rebuild property damaged by the recent tornadoes and flooding. “Unfortunately, disasters can attract unscrupulous contractors who will try to take advantage of people trying to recover from a natural disaster,” said Thomas J. Costello, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer.
May 28, 2004
News Release
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Understanding the steps of the federal/state recovery process can help people reduce the confusion brought on by disaster, sort out the information available, and make the decisions required to begin rebuilding lives. The first step is to register for assistance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (or TTY 1-800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., CDT, seven days a week until further notice.
May 28, 2004
News Release
URBANDALE, 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 two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) this weekend. In an effort to speed assistance to Iowa residents affected by the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes, the Clayton County DRC will open on Saturday, May 29 and the Buchanan County DRC will open on Sunday, May 30. They will be located at:

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