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FEMA Region VII News

21 October 2020

  • Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport to Close October 16
    Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport to Close October 16

    Help is still available for derecho survivors

    DES MOINES, Iowa– The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will close in Davenport on Friday, October 16 at 6 p.m. However, help for survivors of the August derecho is just a phone call, a mouse click or a tap away on the FEMA app.

    The DRC is at the Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center located at:

    2828 Eastern Ave.

    Davenport, IA 52803

    (At the corner of East 29th St. and Eastern Ave.)

    Survivors do not have to visit a DRC to register or submit documents to FEMA. 

    Applicants may register in the following ways:

    • Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.
    • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

    Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:

    • Mail to FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055. 
    • Fax to 800-827-8112.
    • Submit them via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Apply at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. People may also call 800-659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use TTY may call 800-877-8339.

    Survivors in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama, counties have until November 2to register for disaster assistance.

    thomas.wise Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:17
  • Registration Deadline Extended 14 Days for Iowa Survivors
    Registration Deadline Extended 14 Days for Iowa Survivors

    DES MOINES, Iowa– Survivors from the Iowa August 10 derecho have more time to register for Federal assistance. The deadline for survivors has been extended through Monday, November 2.

    FEMA has approved more than $8.5 million in Individual Assistance grants for 2,278 households. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $14 million in disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and small businesses. 

    Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners can include grants for repairs to make their primary home habitable. Rental assistance is available to pay for temporary housing for homeowners and renters. Lodging expense reimbursement may be available to eligible households who may have stayed in a hotel for a short period of time.

    First, if you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage you’ve suffered.  You don’t have to wait for FEMA to start cleaning up.  Be sure to take photographs or video of the damage, and keep all receipts for repair work.

    If you have losses not covered by insurance, contact FEMA by either going online to DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the helpline at 800-621-3362.

    Applicants will need the following to apply:

    • Address of the damaged property
    • Description of disaster-caused damage and losses
    • Current mailing address
    • Current telephone number
    • Social Security number of one member of the household
    • Insurance information
    • Total household annual income
    • Bank account routing and account number for direct deposit
    • Save your FEMA registration number, also known as FEMA ID number.
    • Check your DisasterAssistance.gov account for updates.

    This is for residents of the Iowa counties of Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Apply at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. People may also call 800-659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use TTY may call 800-877-8339.

    thomas.wise Thu, 10/08/2020 - 15:15
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport Now Open Until October 16
    FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport Now Open Until October 16

    DES MOINES, Iowa– The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Davenportwill stay open for a few days longer than previously announced. It will now close permanently on Friday, October 16 at 6 p.m.

    The DRC is at the Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center located at:

    2828 Eastern Ave.

    Davenport, IA 52803

    (At the corner of East 29th St. and Eastern Ave.)

    Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Central Time and closed on Sundays.

    The DRC will not operate in a traditional fashion. The center will offer drive-through service. Survivors are asked to stay in their vehicles when visiting.

    Applicants do not have to visit a center to submit documents to FEMA—they can mail, fax or submit them online at DisasterAssistance.gov as well. Information on these options can be found in their FEMA letter. 

    Survivors who have already registered with FEMA and have been asked to provide additional documentation should read their FEMA letter carefully and make sure they have everything they need when they arrive at the DRC.

    If you do not understand the letter you received from FEMA, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, and ask for assistance.

    All applicants and FEMA personnel will follow current state and local COVID-19 safety requirements. Applicants must wear face masks and will remain in their cars as they hand their documents to FEMA personnel, who will be wearing face masks (or other appropriate face covering) and protective equipment. FEMA staff will take the documents, scan them and return them to the applicants.

    Applicants may register in the following ways:

    • Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.
    • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

    If an individual cannot register online or by phone, registration at the DRC will be available.

    Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:

    • Mail to: FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055. 
    • Fax to 800-827-8112.
    • Submit via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Apply at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. People may also call 800-659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use TTY may call 800-877-8339.

    thomas.wise Wed, 10/07/2020 - 16:52
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