WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Just hours after Iowa received a federal disaster declaration for Individual Assistance, housing money was approved for eligible storm survivors as they registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
By the morning of August 18, 2010, $1,410,105.79 was approved to help Iowans begin their recovery from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred beginning June 1.
Today’s report reinforces the fact that FEMA aid is available for those eligible disaster victims. State and federal officials urge anyone affected by the storms to register with FEMA for assistance as soon as possible.
There are two ways to register for federal assistance, online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov; or by calling toll-free, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY, 800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, until further notice. Help in other languages is available.
“The sooner people register, the sooner we will be able to help those eligible. You do not have to wait for an insurance inspection to register with FEMA,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Hall. “We look forward to partnering with the state as we work together to assist the people of Iowa as they recover from these devastating floods and tornadoes.” To date, a total of 1,610 Iowans have registered with FEMA for individual disaster assistance.
FEMA’s Individual Assistance program, for those who may be eligible, has a wide range of programs including assistance with temporary housing, uninsured personal property, medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other disaster-related expenses and serious needs.
“Registering is the first step,” said State Coordinating Officer Patrick J. Hall. “Anyone who previously registered with the American Red Cross or other disaster assistance organizations also will need to register with FEMA to be included in the federal recovery process.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.