DES MOINES, Iowa – As Iowans rebuild or repair the damage to their homes caused by the storms that occurred from March 12 through May 16, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home-improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making houses and businesses stronger and safer.
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DES MOINES, Iowa – A joint state/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Mills County will be closed Monday, May 27 to observe the Memorial Day national holiday. The center will resume normal hours Tuesday, May 28.Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other state and federal agencies provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications at the center.
DES MOINES, Iowa – No doubt you’re eager to get back into your house and make it your home again. But before you pick up that nail gun or wield that sledge hammer, make sure you have all the permits you’ll need to begin work.Permits may be required for every part of your home from roofs, walls and siding to plumbing, septic systems and heating/air conditioning systems.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The floodwaters have receded from the severe storms and flooding beginning March 12 in western Iowa. And, flooding is easing in the Quad Cities area. However, prolonged effects are still being felt in homes and neighborhoods of Iowans. The repair work, financial burden, prolonged stress and ongoing red tape with agencies and insurance companies can leave feelings of depression, frustration, anger, anxiety and sadness.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Returning to a disaster-damaged house or business can present dangers and challenges. That’s why state and federal disaster officials are urging Iowans to use extra caution when cleaning up flood-damaged properties. First and foremost, do not return to disaster-impacted areas until local officials have given the all-clear to do so.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Many residents of Louisa and Scott counties who sustained damage during the recent flooding realize that state and federal disaster assistance is only a phone call away. Many of those individuals, however, are unaware of what happens after they register with FEMA.FEMA registration is quick and easy. There are multiple ways to register:
DES MOINES, Iowa – Residents of Louisa and Scott counties whose homes are damaged, unsafe, or inaccessible because of recent flooding have resources available to help on the road to recovery.They join fellow Iowans in seven counties already designated for federal assistance to individuals: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Shelby and Woodbury. The deadline for applying for assistance is July 1, 2019.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Scams seem to follow disasters. Don’t let your guard down and suffer another disaster such as identity theft or paying fees for services that are never provided.Remember, FEMA never charges for services nor does it endorse any commercial business, product or service. All federal employees have an official badge/ID. Ask to see it.The following are some common post-disaster fraud practices to avoid.Fraudulent building contractors.When hiring a contractor, the Iowa Attorney General suggests:
DES MOINES, Iowa – At the request of the state government, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has activated Direct Temporary Housing Assistance for survivors in Mills and Fremont counties affected by severe storms and flooding beginning March 12.These housing units are not permanent dwellings. They are part of a comprehensive set of temporary housing programs for people displaced by floods, allowing survivors to remain close to their jobs and communities as they rebuild.
DES MOINES, Iowa – State and federal disaster recovery officials want to remind survivors who may have received FEMA disaster funds that it’s important to use the money for the intended purpose and not for other recovery expenditures.So how do you know what that purpose is? FEMA will help by sending a determination letter telling you what the money is being awarded for and listing the ways the money can be used. Some examples include: