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Federal Public Assistance Program

Under the Public Assistance program, FEMA awards grants to assist state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations with the response to and recovery from disasters. The program provides funding for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure. The program also encourages protection from future damage by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The state works with FEMA to manage the program and administer the funding.*

For all disasters declared on or after Oct. 1, 2021, the State must have sustained the minimum amount of damage statewide (according to FEMA regulations) of $1.63 per capita, or $5,200,301.47, to qualify for Public Assistance funding.

Once this statewide minimum has been met, then the qualifying amount of damage per capita in each county must reach at least $4.10.

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Public Assistance Program Contacts

Katie Waters
State Public Assistance Program Supervisor
(515) 249-2242

Rick Biondi
Deputy State Public Assistance Officer
(515) 979-3519

 

How to Submit a request for public assistance within emGrants pro

This is a tutorial to provide instructions as to how to submit a Request for Public Assistance within Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s grants management system, EMGrants Pro.

Public Assistance information for Iowa Disasters

In the tabs below, you will find public assistance information for disasters 4557, 4483, 4421, 4386, and 4392.

Public Assistance per capita minimum by county

 

These amounts are effective October 1, 2021.

Annual Estimates of the Population for Counties of Iowa
Geographic Area August 12, 2020 Cost necessary to meet threshold
Census
Iowa* 3,190,369 $5,200,301.47
County FY 2021
Adair County 7,496 $30,733.60
Adams County 3,704 $15,186.40
Allamakee County 14,061 $57,650.10
Appanoose County 12,317 $50,499.70
Audubon County 5,674 $23,263.40
Benton County 25,575 $104,857.50
Black Hawk County 131,144 $537,690.40
Boone County 26,715 $109,531.50
Bremer County 24,988 $102,450.80
Buchanan County 20,565 $84,316.50
Buena Vista County 20,823 $85,374.30
Butler County 14,334 $58,769.40
Calhoun County 9,927 $40,700.70
Carroll County 20,760 $85,116.00
Cass County 13,127 $53,820.70
Cedar County 18,505 $75,870.50
Cerro Gordo County 43,127 $176,820.70
Cherokee County 11,658 $47,797.80
Chickasaw County 12,012 $49,249.20
Clarke County 9,748 $39,966.80
Clay County 16,384 $67,174.40
Clayton County 17,043 $69,876.30
Clinton County 46,460 $190,486.00
Crawford County 16,525 $67,752.50
Dallas County 99,678 $408,679.80
Davis County 9,110 $37,351.00
Decatur County 7,645 $31,344.50
Delaware County 17,488 $71,700.80
Des Moines County 38,910 $159,531.00
Dickinson County 17,703 $72,582.30
Dubuque County 99,266 $406,990.60
Emmet County 9,388 $38,490.80
Fayette County 19,509 $79,986.90
Floyd County 15,627 $64,070.70
Franklin County 10,019 $41,077.90
Fremont County 6,605 $27,080.50
Greene County 8,771 $35,961.10
Grundy County 12,329 $50,548.90
Guthrie County 10,623 $43,554.30
Hamilton County 15,039 $61,659.90
Hancock County 10,795 $44,259.50
Hardin County 16,878 $69,199.80
Harrison County 14,582 $59,786.20
Henry County 20,482 $83,976.20
Howard County 9,469 $38,822.90
Humboldt County 9,597 $39,347.70
Ida County 7,005 $28,720.50
Iowa County 16,662 $68,314.20
Jackson County 19,485 $79,888.50
Jasper County 37,813 $155,033.30
Jefferson County 15,663 $64,218.30
Johnson County 152,854 $626,701.40
Jones County 20,646 $84,648.60
Keokuk County 10,033 $41,135.30
Kossuth County 14,828 $60,794.80
Lee County 33,555 $137,575.50
Linn County 230,299 $944,225.90
Louisa County 10,837 $44,431.70
Lucas County 8,634 $35,399.40
Lyon County 11,934 $48,929.40
Madison County 16,548 $67,846.80
Mahaska County 22,190 $90,979.00
Marion County 33,414 $136,997.40
Marshall County 40,105 $164,430.50
Mills County 14,484 $59,384.40
Mitchell County 10,565 $43,316.50
Monona County 8,751 $35,879.10
Monroe County 7,577 $31,065.70
Montgomery County 10,330 $42,353.00
Muscatine County 43,235 $177,263.50
O’Brien County 14,182 $58,146.20
Osceola County 6,192 $25,387.20
Page County 15,211 $62,365.10
Palo Alto County 8,996 $36,883.60
Plymouth County 25,698 $105,361.80
Pocahontas County 7,078 $29,019.80
Polk County 492,401 $2,018,844.10
Pottawattamie County 93,667 $384,034.70
Poweshiek County 18,662 $76,514.20
Ringgold County 4,663 $19,118.30
Sac County 9,814 $40,237.40
Scott County 174,669 $716,142.90
Shelby County 11,746 $48,158.60
Sioux County 35,872 $147,075.20
Story County 98,537 $404,001.70
Tama County 17,135 $70,253.50
Taylor County 5,896 $24,173.60
Union County 12,138 $49,765.80
Van Buren County 7,203 $29,532.30
Wapello County 35,437 $145,291.70
Warren County 52,403 $214,852.30
Washington County 22,565 $92,516.50
Wayne County 6,497 $26,637.70
Webster County 36,999 $151,695.90
Winnebago County 10,679 $43,783.90
Winneshiek County 20,070 $82,287.00
Woodbury County 105,941 $434,358.10
Worth County 7,443 $30,516.30
Wright County 12,943 $53,066.30

 

Public Assistance Info for Disaster 4557 (Aug. 10, 2020, and continuing)

 Public Assistance Details for Disaster 4557 (Derecho Storm)

Incident period: Aug. 10, 2020, and continuing

The 16 counties eligible to apply for Public Assistance funding under this declaration are Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Dallas, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama.

Applicant Briefing Schedule- Sept. 14, 2020 (PDF format)

Applicant Briefing Schedule- Aug. 21, 2020 (PDF format)

VIDEO

Public Assistance Applicant Briefing Overview(YouTube)

FEMA Public Assistance Debris Guidance (YouTube)

 


Presidential Disaster Declaration, DR-4557 State of Iowa Map

Public Assistance Info for Disaster 4483 (Jan. 20, 2020, and continuing)


Public Assistance Details for Disaster 4483 (COVID-19 Pandemic)

Incident period: Jan. 20, 2020, and continuing

COVID-19 Nationwide Emergency Declaration
Applicant Briefing Schedule (PDF format)

VIDEO and RELATED FILES

COVID-19 Pandemic: Safe Opening and Operation-September 23, 2021 (YouTube)

COVID-19 Pandemic: Public Assistance Policy Updates and Implementation (YouTube)

COVID-19/FEMA New Interim Policy (YouTube)

Public Assistance Applicant Briefing Overview (YouTube)

Public Assistance Info for Disaster 4421 (March 12, 2019, through June 15, 2019)

 

Public Assistance Details for Disaster 4421

Incident period: March 12, 2019, through June 15, 2019

Eligible counties: 80

Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscatine, O’Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Sac, Shelby, Scott, Sioux, Tama, Union, Wapello,Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, and Wright.

Declared: March 23, 2019

Presidential Disaster Declaration counties March 12 through May 16, 2019

 Note: This map also shows counties designated for the federal Individual Assistance Program in addition to the Public Assistance Program.

This disaster declaration initiates the availability of federal funding to assist the designated counties in recovery from major damage and debris caused by the severe storms and flooding that occurred during the incident period identified above.

Public Assistance Info for Disaster 4386 (June 6-July 2, 2018)

 

Public Assistance Details for Disaster 4386

Incident period: June 6-July 2, 2018

Eligible counties: 31

Adair, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dallas, Delaware, Dickinson, Emmet, Floyd, Hamilton, Hancock, Howard, Humboldt, Kossuth, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Polk, Sioux, Story, Warren, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright

Declared: Aug. 20, 2018 (Woodbury County added Oct. 10, 2018)

Presidential Disaster Declaration, DR-4386 State of Iowa Map

Documents from FEMA

This disaster declaration initiates the availability of federal funding to assist the designated counties in recovery from major damage and debris caused by the severe storms and flooding that occurred during the incident period identified above.

Public Assistance Info for Disaster 4392 (July 19, 2018)

 

Public Assistance Details for Disaster 4392

Incident period: July 19, 2018

Eligible counties: 4

Lee, Marion, Marshall, and Van Buren counties

Declared: Sept. 12, 2018

Map of counties included in Presidential Disaster Declaration 4392 for Public Assistance: Lee, Marion, Marshall, and Van Buren.

Documents from FEMA

This disaster declaration initiates the availability of federal funding to assist the designated counties in recovery from major damage and debris caused by the severe storms and flooding that occurred during the incident period identified above.

Public Assistance Program Contacts

If you have a Public Assistance project, please contact one of the following HSEMD employees for assistance.

Jerald Ballanger, 515-313-3242

Rick Biondi, 515-979-3519

Leon Freeman, 515-371-4718

Graham Giles, 515-971-4664

Jim Grandquist, 515-971-5579

Dana Greenwood, 515-669-1722

Marina Heintz, 515-689-4896

Chris Spencer, 515-979-3298

Scott Stanley, 515-971-0574

Michelle Terry, 515-725-9318

Zach Webster, 515-313-5414

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Historic Artifacts

Historic Preservation

In the course of executing your disaster recovery grant, you may encounter previously unknown cultural/historic artifacts. The Office of the State Archaeologist should be contacted if any archaeological deposits (artifacts) are exposed so that they can be investigated and the extent of the site determined.

Additionally, HSEMD and the State Historic Preservation Office must be informed to take proper action. In accordance with the Code of Iowa 263B, if human remains are unintentionally exposed, you must cease work immediately, secure the area, and contact local law enforcement and/or the county medical examiner. If the remains are determined to be ancient (greater than 150 years old), the Office of the State Archaeologist’s Bioarchaeology Program must also be notified.

Office of the State Archaeologist, (319) 384-0732

Bioarchaeology Program, Office of the State Archaeologist, (319) 384-0740

Recovery Division, Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, (515) 725-3231

Daniel Higginbottom, State Historic Preservation Office, (515) 281-8744

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