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Countdown: Two Weeks Until FEMA and SBA Deadline

Release date: 
June 13, 2019
Release Number: 
R7-DR-4421 IA NR 047

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa residents in the nine disaster-designated counties —Fremont, Harrison, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Scott, Shelby and Woodbury— may be eligible for federal assistance if they were impacted by the severe storms and flooding from March 12 through May 16.  The registration cutoff date is July 1.

Disaster survivors who register for assistance with FEMA may be eligible for grants to help pay for renting a place to live until their primary residence can be repaired, to pay for minor structural repairs, to replace essential personal property and/or to pay for disaster-related medical or dental needs not covered by insurance.  

Some survivors may have more significant damage and will need a larger amount of money to help with their recovery.  For those situations, a low-interest disaster loan from the SBA may be the best option.  

These loans are the primary source of funds for repairs to homes and businesses and/or for replacement of personal property after a disaster.  Renters and homeowners may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars and appliances damaged or destroyed in this disaster.  Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to pay for structural repairs to their primary residence or rebuilding a house.   Businesses and private, non-profits may borrow up to $2 million both for physical repairs and economic injury.  

Survivors referred to SBA can complete an application online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

A completed application must be submitted to maintain eligibility for additional FEMA grants.Registration is quick and easy. For FEMA:

  • Go online to www.disasterassistance.gov/.
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.   Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are on duty.
  • Use FEMA’s disaster app on your smartphone. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, you can go to www.fema.gov/mobile-app.

For more information about SBA loans:

Remember: if you still want to register with FEMA or apply to the SBA, you have until Monday, July 1 to do so!

For more information on the Iowa disaster and a variety of recovery resources, log on to: www.floods2019.iowa.gov or call 2-1-1.  Additional information can be found at www.fema.gov/disaster/4421.

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FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

HSEMD Mission: To lead, coordinate and support homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. Applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or low-hearing may call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit SBA at www.SBA.gov/disaster.  

The Iowa Department of Human Rights can provide information on resources for people with disabilities. Call 515-242-5655 or go online at https://humanrights.Iowa.gov.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has faced discrimination or needs help with accessible communication, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available.

Last Updated: 
June 13, 2019 - 18:09