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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, 2020, the State must have sustained the minimum amount of damage statewide (according to FEMA regulations) of $1.55 per capita, or $4,721,850.25, 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 $3.84.

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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 March, 2021.

 

COUNTY POPULATION (2010) PER CAPITA AMOUNT
Adair 7,682 $29,882.98
Adams 4,029 $15,672.81
Allamakee 14,330 $55,743.70
Appanoose 12,887 $50,130.43
Audubon 6,119 $23,802.91
Benton 26,076 $101,435.64
Black Hawk 131,090 $509,940.10
Boone 26,306 $102,330.34
Bremer 24,276 $94,433.64
Buchanan 20,958 $81,526.62
Buena Vista 20,260 $78,811.40
Butler 14,867 $57,832.63
Calhoun 9,670 $37,616.30
Carroll 20,816 $80,974.24
Cass 13,956 $54,288.84
Cedar 18,499 $71,961.11
Cerro Gordo 44,151 $171,747.39
Cherokee 12,072 $46,960.08
Chickasaw 12,439 $48,387.71
Clarke 9,286 $36,122.54
Clay 16,667 $64,834.63
Clayton 18,129 $70,521.81
Clinton 49,116 $191,061.24
Crawford 17,096 $66,503.44
Dallas 66,135 $257,265.15
Davis 8,753 $34,049.17
Decatur 8,457 $32,897.73
Delaware 17,764 $69,101.96
Des Moines 40,325 $156,864.25
Dickinson 16,667 $64,834.63
Dubuque 93,653 $364,310.17
Emmet 10,302 $40,074.78
Fayette 20,880 $81,223.20
Floyd 16,303 $63,418.67
Franklin 10,680 $41,545.20
Fremont 7,441 $28,945.49
Greene 9,336 $36,317.04
Grundy 12,453 $48,442.17
Guthrie 10,954 $42,611.06
Hamilton 15,673 $60,967.97
Hancock 11,341 $44,116.49
Hardin 17,534 $68,207.26
Harrison 14,928 $58,069.92
Henry 20,145 $78,364.05
Howard 9,566 $37,211.74
Humboldt 9,815 $38,180.35
Ida 7,089 $27,576.21
Iowa 16,355 $63,620.95
Jackson 19,848 $77,208.72
Jasper 36,842 $143,315.38
Jefferson 16,843 $65,519.27
Johnson 130,882 $509,130.98
Jones 20,638 $80,281.82
Keokuk 10,511 $40,887.79
Kossuth 15,543 $60,462.27
Lee 35,862 $139,503.18
Linn 211,226 $821,669.14
Louisa 11,387 $44,295.43
Lucas 8,898 $34,613.22
Lyon 11,581 $45,050.09
Madison 15,679 $60,991.31
Mahaska 22,381 $87,062.09
Marion 33,309 $129,572.01
Marshall 40,648 $158,120.72
Mills 15,059 $58,579.51
Mitchell 10,776 $41,918.64
Monona 9,243 $35,955.27
Monroe 7,970 $31,003.30
Montgomery 10,740 $41,778.60
Muscatine 42,745 $166,278.05
O’Brien 14,398 $56,008.22
Osceola 6,462 $25,137.18
Page 15,932 $61,975.48
Palo Alto 9,421 $36,647.69
Plymouth 24,986 $97,195.54
Pocahontas 7,310 $28,435.90
Polk 430,640 $1,675,189.60
Pottawattamie 93,158 $362,384.62
Poweshiek 18,914 $73,575.46
Ringgold 5,131 $19,959.59
Sac 10,350 $40,261.50
Scott 165,224 $642,721.36
Shelby 12,167 $47,329.63
Sioux 33,704 $131,108.56
Story 89,542 $348,318.38
Tama 17,767 $69,113.63
Taylor 6,317 $24,573.13
Union 12,534 $48,757.26
Van Buren 7,570 $29,447.30
Wapello 35,625 $138,581.25
Warren 46,225 $179,815.25
Washington 21,704 $84,428.56
Wayne 6,403 $24,907.67
Webster 38,013 $147,870.57
Winnebago 10,866 $42,268.74
Winneshiek 21,056 $81,907.84
Woodbury 102,172 $397,449.08
Worth 7,598 $29,556.22
Wright 13,229 $51,460.81
STATEWIDE 3,046,355 $4,721,850.25

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: 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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