Iowa Severe Storms


Kipindi cha Tukio: Aug 10, 2020

Tarehe ya Kutangaza: Aug 17, 2020

Now Closed: Period to Apply for Disaster Assistance

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The last day for individuals and families to apply for assistance after this disaster has passed. You are no longer able to begin a new claim.

To check the status on a previously submitted claim, visit

I Was Told to Call the U.S. Small Business Administration

FEMA is not allowed to provide disaster assistance for certain losses covered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans. The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to individuals and households to help with disaster losses. FEMA works with the SBA to determine if you may qualify for Personal Property Assistance, Transportation Assistance, or a Group Flood Insurance Policy.

FEMA will automatically refer you to the SBA to be considered for a disaster loan if you meet SBA’s income standards. FEMA uses your household annual gross income and number of dependents to determine if you should be referred to the SBA.

If you are referred to the SBA, FEMA will contact you via an auto-dialer system to explain how to apply for a disaster loan. You must complete and return a loan application to be considered for an SBA loan or certain types of FEMA assistance. You do not have to accept an SBA loan offer. However, if you are approved for an SBA loan, and you do not accept it, you will not be referred back to FEMA for personal property or transportation assistance.

For more information about the SBA disaster loan program, please call the SBA at 800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339). SBA information is also available at or by email at

Learn more about SBA loans

I Applied for Assistance. What's Next?

If You Have Insurance

Please contact your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim. FEMA can only provide money after you get your insurance settlement. If your insurance doesn’t cover all of your home repair or rebuilding expenses, FEMA may be able to help.

FEMA can’t provide money for expenses covered by insurance or duplicate benefits from another source. When you get your insurance settlement or denial, please send a copy to FEMA as soon as you can.

If your insurance settlement is delayed more than 30 days from the time you file your claim, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

Learn more about the steps after applying

If You Do Not Have Insurance

FEMA will verify your disaster-caused losses. The agency will schedule a time to inspect your home if you reported damage to your home or personal property. Or FEMA will ask you to send documents to verify your expenses.

You will receive notification letters from FEMA either by mail or electronic correspondence explaining your next steps. If necessary based on the losses you reported, an inspector will contact you by phone to schedule an inspection. If you miss the call, they will leave a voicemail message and make multiple attempts to reach you. The inspector should not need to view repair receipts or pictures of the damage. But if you begin cleaning up before the inspection, FEMA suggests you take pictures, make a list of your losses, and keep receipts for all of your disaster-caused expenses.

Find a Housing Counselor

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides support to a nationwide network of housing counseling agencies (HCAs) and certified counselors. HUD-participating HCAs are approved and trained to provide tools to current and prospective homeowners and renters so they can make responsible choices to address their housing needs in light of their financial situations.

Verifying Home Ownership or Occupancy

FEMA is required to verify you lived at the address in your application as your primary residence before providing most types of assistance. FEMA is also required to verify you owned your home before providing home repair or home replacement assistance. Learn more about this process.

As part of our effort to make the disaster assistance process quicker and reduce the burden on applicants, we try to verify occupancy and ownership by using an automated public records search.

If we cannot verify you lived in or owned the home that you listed on your application, we will ask you to provide documents to prove occupancy and/or ownership to help us determine if you are approved for assistance.

How Do I Appeal the Decision?

If you receive a letter stating that you are not approved for assistance or that your application is incomplete, you can still complete the application or appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving a decision letter. The letter would either be mailed to you or placed into your Disaster Assistance Center account, if you have set up an account.

Learn more about appeals

Frequently Asked Questions and Rumors

Learn more about common disaster-related rumors and how to report fraud. You can also get answers to frequently asked questions about emergency shelters, disaster assistance, flood insurance and more.

Multilingual Resources

You can find social media graphics with important safety messaging in various languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

We also have videos in American Sign Language (ASL) on topics including:

How to Help

Volunteer and Donate

Recovery can take many years after a disaster. There are many ways to help such as donating cash, needed items or your time. Learn more about how to help those in need.

Don’t self-deploy to disaster areas. Trusted organizations in the affected areas know where volunteers are needed. Work with an established organization to make sure you have the appropriate safety, training and skills needed to respond.

FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs) support the significant contributions of voluntary, faith-based, and community stakeholders active in disaster by building relationships – and coordinating efforts – with and across partner organizations and government agencies.

Doing Business with FEMA

If you are interested in providing paid services and goods for disaster relief, visit our Doing Business with FEMA page to get started.

If you own a business involved with debris removal and want to work on clean-up efforts in affected areas, please contact the local government in affected areas to offer your services.

Rasilimali za Mitaani

Habari za Nchini na Vyombo vya Habari

Tembelea ukurasa wa Habari na Vyombo vya Habari kwa matukio, karatasi za ukweli, taarifa kwa vyombo vya habari na njia zingine za mawasiliano.

Jinsi ya Kusaidia

Kujitolea na Kutoa Michango

Kurejesha kunaweza kuchukua miaka mingi baada ya janga. Kuna njia nyingi za kusaidia kama vile kutoa pesa taslimu, vitu vinavyohitajika au wakati wako. Jifunze zaidi kuhusu jinsi ya kuwasaidia wale wanaohitaji.

Usijitume kwenye maeneo ya majanga. Mashirika yanayoaminika katika maeneo yaliyoathiriwa yanajua mahali watu wa kujitolea wanahitajika. Fanya kazi na shirika linaloaminika ili kuhakikisha kuwa una usalama, mafunzo na ujuzi ufaao unaohitajika ili kujitolea.

Wakala wa Ushirikiano wa Kujitolea wa FEMA (VALs) hujenga uhusiano na kuratibu juhudi na mashirika ya hiari, ya kidini na ya kijamii yanayojishughulisha na majanga.

Kufanya Biashara na FEMA

Iwapo ungependa kutoa huduma na bidhaa zinazolipiwa kwa ajili ya usaidizi wa majanga, tembelea ukurasa wetu wa Kufanya Biashara na FEMA ili kuanza.

Ikiwa unamiliki biashara inayohusika na uondoaji wa vifusi na ungependa kufanya kazi ya kusafisha maeneo yaliyoathirika, tafadhali wasiliana na serikali ya mtaa katika maeneo yaliyoathirika ili kutoa huduma zako.

Majukumu ya Ufadhili

Usaidizi wa Mtu Binafsi Kiasi
Jumla ya Msaada wa Makao (HA) - Dola Zilizoidhinishwa $8,178,199.02
Jumla ya Msaada wa Mahitaji Mengine (ONA) - Dola Zilizoidhinishwa $3,245,137.67
Jumla ya Dola za Mpango wa Mtu Binafsi na Familia Zilizoidhinishwa $11,423,336.69
Maombi ya Msaada wa Mtu Binafsi Yameidhinishwa 3092
Msaada wa Umma Kiasi
Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated $160,606,707.95
Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated $26,160,173.10
Total Public Assistance Grants Dollars Obligated $194,949,772.81
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Kiasi
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) - Dollars Obligated $35,701,455.97
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