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December 19, 2011
News Release
Kansas City, Mo. -- Iowans in five western counties impacted by severe flooding from May 25 to August 1, 2011 will have two more weeks to register for disaster assistance, state and federal recovery officials announced Monday.   The new deadline to register for assistance is January 3, 2012, and applies to residents in the Iowa counties of Pottawattamie, Mills, Monona, Fremont and Harrison. 
November 22, 2011
News Release
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA -- After a disaster, contractors play a major role in rebuilding an affected community. They can also give the local economy a major boost as they construct new homes and businesses. At the same time, consumers need to be aware that occasionally scam artists masquerade as legitimate contractors in the wake of a disaster. Some might offer to clean up your debris, but then dump it nearby, leaving you liable for the cleanup. Others might demand a big deposit up front to rebuild a home, and then vanish with your money.
November 18, 2011
News Release
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, -- Disaster survivors, after registering for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), sometimes receive a FEMA denial letter in the mail stating "ineligible." If this happens, do not be alarmed or discouraged.
November 17, 2011
News Release
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA -- In the wake of a flood, information becomes as important as food and water to disaster survivors, as well as aid needed to recover.
November 16, 2011
News Release
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA -- Children can be particularly vulnerable to the stressful effects of a disaster. Parents, teachers and caregivers need to be alert to signs. For children ages 5 or younger, watch for behaviors like crying more frequently, clinging, having nightmares, fear of the dark, of animals, of being alone, a change in appetite, difficulty expressing feelings, or a return to outgrown behaviors, such as bed-wetting or thumb-sucking.
November 15, 2011
News Release
WEST DES MOINES IOWA -- Fremont County’s Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 2014 290th Avenue in Sidney, will close for good at 12 noon on Thursday, November 17. Although the Fremont County DRC will close, Fremont area residents and businesses may still register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for federal and state assistance, and apply for disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) up until December 19, through one of the following ways:
November 15, 2011
News Release
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA -- After a disaster, those impacted may become eligible for federal and state help. Residents and business owners in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Pottawattamie counties, who suffered losses and damage in the wake of the 2011 Missouri River flooding, should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to find out if they are eligible for disaster assistance. To dispel misconceptions about the process, here are a few commonly asked questions and answers:
November 14, 2011
News Release
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) have made individual disaster assistance available to Iowans living in the five counties impacted by the 2011 Missouri River flooding (Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Pottawattamie counties).
November 10, 2011
News Release
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA. -- Flood survivors in the five federally-declared disaster counties adjacent to the Missouri River may receive free disaster-related legal advice from an attorney, by calling The Iowa State Bar Association’s toll-free legal-aid hotline, operated by its Young Lawyers Division. Survivors facing legal issues may call The Iowa State Bar Association’s hotline at (877) 775-8882, 24-hours a day, and leave a brief message with the following information, identifying:
November 9, 2011
News Release
West Des Moines, Ia. – Seniors and people with disabilities affected by the flooding in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Pottawattamie counties may need an extra hand when applying for disaster assistance. The stress of a disaster can cause significant challenges for anyone, but it is especially difficult for seniors and people living with disabilities. Family members, friends or neighbors can assist by helping with the registration process.

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