May 24, 2024

FEMA: President Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa

FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance is available to the state of Iowa to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 20-21, 2024.  

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Adair, Montgomery, Polk and Story counties. 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. 

Federal funding is also available to eligible state, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency work by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in Adair County.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. 

DuWayne Tewes has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments. 

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, by calling 1-800-621- 3362 or by using the FEMA App. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

This post was originally published here.