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Presidential Disaster Declarations

A Presidential Disaster Declaration has been declared in Iowa for two separate weather events that span over multiple days. Below are the events and counties that can apply for Federal Individual Assistance programs:

April 26-27, 2024 Severe Storms and Tornadoes
Clarke, Harrison, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, and Union Counties
FEMA DR-4779-IA

May 20-21, 2024 Severe Storms 
Adair, Montgomery, Polk, and Story Counties 
FEMA DR-4784-IA

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)

The centers are a one-stop shop where storm survivors can talk face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists to learn more about state/federal resources and/or to check on the status of a FEMA registration. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration at the centers will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications.

All Disaster Recovery Centers are physically accessible to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. They are equipped with assistive and adaptive technology such as amplified phones, caption phones, video phones, wheelchair ramps and other resources to help ensure all applicants can access resources.

Iowa – FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

Adair County
Nodaway Valley Elementary School
324 NW 2nd St
Greenfield, IA 50849

Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice

Montgomery County
Southwest Valley Middle School
406 E. 3rd Street
Villisca, IA 50864

Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice

Shelby County
Chamber of Commerce
1901 Hawkeye Avenue, Suite 101
Harlan, IA 51537

Open 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, June 14 
Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 to Monday, June 17 

Story County
County Admin. Building
900 6th Street
Nevada, IA 50201

Open 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, June 14 
Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 to Monday, June 17 

Union County
County Emergency Management
705 E. Taylor Street
Creston, IA 50801

Open 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday, June 13
Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 

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How to Apply for FEMA Assistance

Anyone using a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, can give FEMA the number for that service. For an accessible video on three ways to apply for FEMA assistance, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU7wzRjByhI

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Information You Need to Apply with FEMA

Only one registration per household is needed. When you apply, please have the following information available:

  • Address with ZIP code
  • Condition of your damaged home
  • Basic list of your property damage, losses and needs
  • Insurance policy information, including the policy number
  • Social Security number of one member of the household
  • Phone number where you can be contacted
  • Address where you can get mail or an email address
  • Bank account information for direct deposit of funds
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Apply with FEMA whether or not you have insurance

  • Everyone with disaster damage should apply whether they have insurance or not.
  • FEMA assistance is not based on your amount of income.
  • If you have homeowners, renters or flood insurance, file a claim. Stay in close contact with your insurance agency. Only damage and needs related to April 26-27 and May 20-21 storms are eligible.
  • FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.
  • Even if you have insurance, FEMA may be able to provide money for serious needs, temporary housing and any damage to property not covered by insurance.
  • In general, people without insurance will be contacted first by FEMA home inspectors. People with insurance may be contacted after you provide your insurance documents.
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How to Appeal a FEMA Decision

You can appeal any FEMA decision or award amount by sending documents that show you qualify and need more help, like estimates for repairs, receipts, bills, etc. Each decision letter you receive from FEMA explains types of documents that may help you appeal your FEMA’s decision or award amount for that type of assistance.

FEMA Factsheet: How to Appeal a FEMA Decision

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