Governor Kim Reynolds has received notification that President Trump has granted her request for an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration.
It is for 56 counties that have been severely impacted by recent flooding along the Missouri River and other parts of the state.
The Declaration makes assistance available to homeowners, renters, businesses, public entities, and select non-profit organizations.
"Today's announcement from President Trump approving our emergency declaration will be instrumental to Iowa's recovery,” said Reynolds on March 23. “We are incredibly grateful for the President's consistent and timely action in the face of disaster.”
Reynolds continued saying that the road to recovery will be long, but it's clear that Iowans will have the resources we need to rebuild.
Individual Assistance Program
The declaration by the President makes available the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program for five counties, which provides aid to eligible homeowners, renters, and businesses.
Residents in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Woodbury counties are eligible to apply for this program, regardless of income.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621- 3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time), seven days a week, until further notice.
Federal Public Assistance Program
The declaration also makes available FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs to help public entities and select non-profit organizations.
The 56 counties eligible to apply for Public Assistance funding under this declaration are: Adair, Allamakee, Audubon, Boone, Bremer, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dallas, Decatur, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Kossuth, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marshall, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Osceola, Page, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Tama, Union, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright.
Hazard Mitigation funding
The governor also received notification that the Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state.
With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future disasters by taking steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards.
Other counties may be added to the declaration as additional damage is reported to State officials.