FEMA Individual Assistance Program

Story County residents have until October 19, 2020 to apply for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program. 

Story County qualified for the FEMA Individual Assistance program on September 2nd  as a result of the August 10, 2020 derecho. With the activation of FEMA Individual Assistance, the Iowa Assistance Program will cease. Individuals who applied for the Iowa Assistance Program should now apply for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362. The toll free telephone number will operation from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. Central time, seven days a week until further notice.   Even if you are not sure if you qualify for assistance, you should still register if you have damage to your home from the storm.  

The FEMA Individual Assistance program is open to any homeowner or renter whose primary residence is uninhabitable or inaccessible due to the disaster and who has housing needs not covered by insurance. By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company. Some of the costs FEMA may reimburse are:

  • Housing & Rental Assistance
  • Basic Home Repairs
  • Temporary Housing 
  • Disaster Caused Expenses for:
    • Child Care
    • Medical Care
    • Essential Household Items
      • Room furnishings
      • Appliances
      • Clothing
      • Tools required for your work
      • Necessary educational materials (computers, school books supplies)
      • Moving and storage expenses caused by the disaster

More information on what FEMA will cover and the assistance process can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance .  

Additional recovery programs from the Iowa Department of Human Resources (DHS) can be found here: https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs