FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2014
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Governor Branstad issues disaster proclamation for six counties
DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad issued two proclamations of disaster emergency for a total of six counties in response to flooding and severe weather.
The first proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from flooding and severe weather beginning on June 26, 2014. Counties included in the proclamation are: Clinton, Des Moines, Hardin, and Lee.
The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for three counties: Clinton, Hardin and Lee.
In addition to this, Gov. Branstad issued a second proclamation of disaster emergency for two counties in response to the ongoing severe storms beginning June 13, 2014. Counties included in the proclamation are: Crawford and Shelby. The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storms.
The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for three counties: Cedar, Clay and Emmet.
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 $39,580, 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. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.
The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management leads, coordinates and supports homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.
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