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Disaster Assistance

Disaster Programs

When the Governor releases a proclamation of disaster activating the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program, it activates the Community Action Agencies serving the disaster-affected county(ies) to provide Disaster Case Management services.  Please see the training that provides an overview of Iowa Community Action Agencies and their role during times of state and federally declared disasters.

Did you know?

President Carter signed the Supplemental Appropriations bills in 1977 to fund the Emergency Energy Conservation Program. That helped pay utility bill and insulate homes of limited-income people.


Iowa Disaster Case Management Program

Disaster Case Management includes time-limited services to eligible households to develop and carry out a Disaster Recovery Plan, providing guidance, advice, and referral in obtaining a service, or assisting in obtaining resources from various providers that address a serious need essential to the Household to prevent, mitigate, or overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse condition.

Disaster Case Managers serve as a primary point of contact, assisting the household in coordinating necessary services and resources to address the client’s complex disaster recovery needs in order to re-establish normalcy. Disaster Case Managers rely on the client to play an active or lead role in their recovery.

Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS)

The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) is a web platform developed by the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa. IFIS provides information regarding flood conditions, flood forecasts, data visualizations, and flood-related data, information and applications. The IFIS helps communities make better-informed decisions on the occurrence of floods, and alerts communities in advance to help minimize damage of floods. Click here for more information on the system. 

Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program

The Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP) offers grants to families whose household’s annual income is at 200% or less of the federal poverty level.  Each qualifying household may receive up to $5,000.00.

The IIAGP is activated when the Governor issues a disaster proclamation turning on IIAGP for the affected counties in the disaster declaration.

The grant application may be download by clicking on Iowa Disaster Assistance Application.  Applications must be turned in to a local Community Action Association by the application deadline.

All Local Agencies Offer the Program