Derecho Recovery Resource Guide

Earlier this month, eastern Iowa was devastated by a rare derecho storm with hurricane-force winds affecting more than 20 counties, including many in the First District.

Short-term recovery continues, and long-term recovery will take months. Nonprofit, state and federal aid is available for families, small businesses and others in need.

Below is a resource guide to help you, your family and neighbors. If you have not been directly impacted, please find a way to get involved or share these resources with others in our district who have been.

Federal Resources

Federal aid for individuals and households has been approved for Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama counties. No matter where you live, make sure you’re keeping your records of expenses incurred in the disaster and taking pictures of damaged items and property for possible future assistance from the federal government.

FEMA Individual Assistance: To apply for aid in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama countiesclick here.

Applicants will need the following to apply.

  • Address of the damaged property
  • Description of disaster-caused damage and losses
  • Current mailing address
  • Current telephone number
  • Social Security number of one member of the household
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • Bank account routing and account number for direct deposit
  • Save your FEMA registration number, also known as FEMA ID number.
  • Check your DisasterAssistance.gov account for updates.

Survivors in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties can also apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 for TTY users. Users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week, until further notice.

More Information: To view a FEMA fact sheet with general disaster relief information and specific instructions for Linn County residents, click here.

Red Cross direct financial assistance (Deadline to apply is September 11th, 2020): https://finkenauer.house.gov/sites/finkenauer.house.gov/files/Immediate%20Assistance%20Flyer-%20Iowa%20Derecho%20%281%29.pdf

Small Business Administration Aid: Additional SBA aid may be available to businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters. For more information visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations/DeclarationDetails?declNumber=6070747

SBA Aid for Nonprofits: The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer low-interest disaster loans to private non-profit organizations that provide an “essential government service” and were damaged by the derecho. To see if your non-profit is eligible or to apply, visit https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/

Aid to Agriculture: Assistance is available for farmers, ranchers and affected communities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Please visit this page for more information: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/08/12/usda-assists-farmers-ranchers-and-communities-affected-recent

The recently approved major disaster declaration will also make additional resources available through USDA for qualifying farmers in certain counties. Information on these resources is forthcoming.

State Resources

General Assistance Information: For details on state assistance with food, shelter and other essential needs, call 211, text your zip code to 898211 or visit https://www.211iowa.org/

Reporting damage: Fill out this form to report damage to property, roads or utilities in your area to help Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management and your local emergency manager to better understand the scope of the disaster: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/7ddd269f8fbf4b8a9bd0f512dc53484d

State Disaster Services: For an overview of state services available following a disaster, visit: https://www.iowa.gov/disaster-recovery-resources

Iowa Individual Disaster Grants: The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. For more information, visit https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs

Iowa Disaster Case Management: Iowa’s Disaster Case Management program provides disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice, and referral to obtain recovery services or resources. For more information visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

Behavioral Health Response Team: The Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) provides trained volunteers to assist with mental health needs following disasters and critical incidents. For more information, visit www.iowadbhrt.org.

Food: Find food pantries near you at https://www.foodpantries.org/st/iowa

Mental Health: If you're struggling & need to talk to someone: Call 1-800-273-TALK.

Linn County Resources

City of Cedar Rapids updateshttp://www.cedar-rapids.org/discover_cedar_rapids/connect/cr_news_now/index.php/

Linn County Emergency Managementhttps://linncounty-ema.org/index.asp?SEC=B970B908-1B12-422F-93BB-29606907EE06&DE=504DD8DD-55DF-4316-8F73-D16DC167A8B4

Linn County Public Healthhttps://www.linncounty.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1783

Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster resource guide: https://www.linndisasterinfo.com/storm

HACAP: https://www.hacap.org/ or (319) 393-7811

Food, shelter and other resources: This guide from Cedar Rapids Gazette provides numerous resources for aid and services: https://www.thegazette.com/food-distribution-water-cedar-rapids-linn-county-where-to-get-food-iowa-storm-derecho​

Benton County Resources

Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition (BCDRC)
(319)-241-5121

Benton County Social Services
(319) 472-4743

Additional information is available here: https://www.belleplaineiowa.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Derecho-2020-Benton-County-Resource-Directory-8.17.20.pdf

Marshall County Resources

Marshall County Emergency Management updates: https://www.facebook.com/marshallcountyiowaemergencymanagement/

City of Marshalltown Home Cleanup Hotline: https://www.marshalltown-ia.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=799

List of licensed tree trimmers in Marshalltown: https://www.marshalltown-ia.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=790

Salvation Army: Call  641-753-5236 or visit https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-Marshalltown-Worship-Community-Center-1491263211124260/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARDHNeftqZfUL-0HrR-lMVVgktYYsFC4ctavChxTCsH0Zlmc6b4pYZh4l8jl2Iu5EZixcwvQZV3Bdnfp

Poweshiek County Resources

Information on aid and services is available here: https://www.facebook.com/poweshiekema/

Tama County Resources

Tama County Emergency Management updates: https://www.facebook.com/TamaCountyIowaEmergencyManagement/