Page last updated: 06/30/2021
A severe storm and floodings hit areas in Iowa on August 10, 2020. On August 17, 2020, a Major Disaster Declaration was issued for the state of Iowa to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
People in the following Counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:
A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for survivors in Iowa who cannot pay for an attorney. Survivors may call 1-877-469-2259, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday to request assistance.
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FEMA Application Deadline
Friday, October 16, 2020
Appeal your FEMA decision letter
Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter.
Individuals from Linn County must file DUA applications by Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Individuals from Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama counties must file for DUA by Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Applications for FEMA Assistance can be submitted by:
Phone: Contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585.
Online: Fill out the application at DisasterAssistance.gov
In-Person: You can also fill out the application at a FEMA Disaster Resource Center (DRC).
Mobile Registration Intake Center: MRICs move around regularly. They will be in an area for a short period of time to help survivors who need registration help. Visit FEMA’s Iowa Severe Storms page to find more information about the Mobile Registration Intake Center locations and hours.
Disaster Recovery Center: To find a Disaster Recovery Center near you, use the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s DRC locator or text “DRC” and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area.
Please check your local news and local officials for the latest safety and shelter resources.
Access information on Safety and Shelter assistance through the resources below.
Explore resources from the American Red Cross on how to stay safe and recover from a disaster.
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. You may also visit to ask questions about your case. The DRC Locator helps you find the hours, services, and locations of DRCs near you.
A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for survivors in Iowa. Survivors may call 1-877-469-2259, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday to request assistance.
Access legal aid organizations and other helpful recovery assistance through the resources below.
To help meet the growing legal needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with RingCentral Inc. to create a national hotline to connect the Disaster Legal Services Program (DLS) with those seeking civil legal services.
1111 Ninth Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
Provides free civil legal services to low-income people.