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Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for four counties


JULY 20, 2017 - Gov. Kim Reynolds today issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek counties in response to the July 19 severe weather.


The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather.


The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for qualifying residents of the four counties.


The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $40,320, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery.


The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation (Sept. 5, 2017) to submit a claim.


Gov. Reynolds last week issued a disaster proclamation for Clayton and Dubuque counties, with Individual Assistance available for eligible residents in Clayton County, for storms that occurred July 11, 2017. Clayton County residents have until Aug. 28, 2017, to submit a claim for that weather event.



Application period opens for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs


JULY 12, 2017 - FEMA has announced the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant program for FY 2017, which includes the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs. These HMA grant programs will provide funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, and communities for hazard mitigation planning and mitigation projects prior to a disaster event. Funding amounts are based on Congressional appropriation. Click here to read more about these funding opportunities.




Iowa Watershed Approach launches new website


Iowa Watershed Approach launches program website


JUNE 30, 2017 - The Iowa Watershed Approach officially launched its program website today at


Iowa Watershed Approach logoThe website will serve as a landing page for the entire Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) project, with basic information about the IWA, important documents, and links to all program partners and key stakeholders.


The IWA was created in 2016 when the State was awarded a $96.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The grant allows program partners to assist Iowa communities in their recovery from prior disasters as well as their ability to recover more quickly from future disasters.


Nine distinct watersheds across Iowa serve as project sites for the IWA: Bee Branch Creek in Dubuque, Upper Iowa River, Upper Wapsipinicon River, Middle Cedar River, Clear Creek, English River, North Raccoon River, West Nishnabotna River, and East Nishnabotna River.


The site, managed by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, will highlight progress made toward the six goals identified in the award. They include reducing flood risk, improving water quality, increasing resilience, engaging stakeholders, improving quality of life and health, and developing a program that can be replicated throughout the Midwest and the nation.


The IWA Program is a collaboration of numerous agencies, universities, non-profits, and municipalities. Partners include: Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management, University of Iowa/Iowa Flood Center, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Agricultural Water Alliance, local Resource Conservation & Development offices, local Council of Governments offices, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Association of Counties, Silver Jackets Flood Risk Management Team, and many more.




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