WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The deadline for Iowa disaster survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is Oct. 13, 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) announced today.
Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered losses in the June 1 to Aug. 31, 2010 severe storms, flooding and tornados who live in one of the 34 declared counties may be eligible for disaster assistance. The counties are: Appanoose, Black Hawk, Cherokee, Clayton, Decatur, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Kossuth, Lee, Lucas, Lyon, Mahaska, Marion, O’Brien, Osceola, Polk, Ringgold, Sioux, Story, Taylor, Union, Wapello, Warren, Webster, and Wright.
"Time is running out for Iowa residents and business owners affected by this disaster to register for federal assistance and start on the road to recovery,” said State Coordinating Officer Pat Hall. “We urge all disaster survivors to register before it’s too late.”
As of close of business Sept. 28, there were more than 10,300 individuals registered for federal assistance in the declared counties and nearly $20 million had been approved through FEMA’s individual and households program. More than $5.8 million had been approved in low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Iowa flood survivors may register or check the status of their application online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, until further notice. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time.
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