FEMA Opening Disaster Recovery Centers in Spencer, Rock Valley

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July 1, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa --- FEMA is opening a Disaster Recovery Center Tuesday, July 2 at 1 p.m. in Spencer, Iowa to provide one-on-one assistance for people affected by the recent flooding and storms.

FEMA is opening another Disaster Recovery Center Wednesday, July 3 at 1 p.m. in Rock Valley.

Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on available services, explain disaster assistance programs and help people complete or check the status of applications for federal assistance. 

Disaster Recovery Center locations: 

Spencer (Clay County) – FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

Clay County Regional Events Center – Tower Gate Pavilion 

800 W 18th St.

Spencer, IA 51301

Spencer Hours: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, then 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, until further notice.

Rock Valley (Sioux County) – FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

City Park Shelter House

1013 13th Ave.

Rock Valley, IA 51247                        

Rock Valley Hours: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, then 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, until further notice.

Both recovery centers will be open on the 4th of July holiday. More locations will open soon in northwest Iowa.

FEMA can provide money to eligible homeowners and renters for help with serious needs, paying for a temporary place to live, home repairs and other needs not covered by insurance.

To save time, please apply with FEMA online or by phone before visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.

How to Apply with FEMA

  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Call FEMA directly at 800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • Download and use the FEMA app
  • Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages).
  • Anyone using a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, can give FEMA the number for that service. For an accessible video on three ways to apply for FEMA assistance, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU7wzRjByhI

Disaster Recovery Centers are physically accessible to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. They are equipped with assistive and adaptive technology such as amplified phones, caption phones, video phones, wheelchair ramps and other resources to help ensure all applicants can access resources.

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 been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448.

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