Derecho Disaster Recovery

Aug 14, 2020

On Monday, August 10, the state of Iowa experienced a weather disaster known as a derecho, which is known as a storm with hurricane force winds. Below are resources for businesses who have experienced damages or loss due to the storm.

State Resources Available 
The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 % of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or click here.

Disaster Recovery Resources
Disasters are unpredictable and can happen at any moment. The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Disaster Recovery Checklist outlines the necessary steps to ensure you and your organization are at the ready before, during and after disaster strikes. Learn more on The Partnership’s website and find access to an in-depth analysis on these strategies through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Disaster Recovery Workbook.

*We are encouraging businesses and residents to track their damages, take photos, and save receipts/invoices.

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