The last of three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) serving 2011 Missouri River flooding survivors will close permanently at noon on Dec. 8. DRCs in Fremont and Monona counties closed earlier this month. After Dec. 8, anyone with a disaster related need may [...]

State and federal disaster assistance is bringing much needed financial aid to homeowners, renters and business owners who were impacted by Iowa’s 2011 Missouri River floods. These payments, however, come with special cautions, as officials from the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) point out. State [...]

FAQ after a disaster

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After a disaster, those impacted may become eligible for federal and state help. Residents and business owners in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Pottawattamie counties, who suffered losses and damage in the wake of the 2011 Missouri River flooding, should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to find out if they are eligible [...]

Hazard mitigation advice available

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In the wake of a flood, information becomes as important as food and water to disaster survivors, as well as aid needed to recover. That’s why the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Advisor is available at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to meet with applicants individually, offering advice on a range of preparedness [...]

Disaster survivors, after registering for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), sometimes receive a FEMA denial letter in the mail stating “ineligible.” If this happens, do not be alarmed or discouraged. FEMA requires homeowners and renters to provide insurance and other information at the time of registration. But FEMA also understands that [...]

Flood survivors in the five federally-declared disaster counties adjacent to the Missouri River may receive free disaster-related legal advice from an attorney, by calling The Iowa State Bar Association’s toll-free legal-aid hotline, operated by its Young Lawyers Division. Survivors facing legal issues may call The Iowa State Bar Association’s hotline at (877) 775-8882, 24-hours a [...]

New hours of operation begin on Monday, Nov. 7, at the three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) serving springtime flooding disaster survivors in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Pottawattamie counties. New DRC hours beginning on Monday, Nov. 7, are: Monday to Friday, 9 [...]