Emergency management is a coordinated effort, involving local, state, and federal government agencies as well as volunteer organizations and businesses. Within an integrated emergency management framework, these entities assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, man-made, civil, and technological emergencies or disasters.
Gov. Branstad issues disaster proclamations for three counties
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
(DES MOINES) –Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Polk County in addition to a proclamation of disaster emergency issued yesterday for Scott and Shelby counties. This is in response to the ongoing flooding and severe weather beginning June 26, 2014.
The governor’s proclamations allow State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.
In addition, yesterday’s proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Scott and Shelby 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 $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 Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Local Officials is designed to be an introductory resource for local elected officials regarding homeland security and emergency management in Iowa. Any further questions regarding homeland security and emergency management in a local jurisdiction should be directed to the County Emergency Management Agency or to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division of the Iowa Department of Public Defense. This document is a reference document only, and does not in any way supersede or replace existing county or local emergency policies, plans or procedures.