Omaha Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

The Iowa Emergency Management Agency announces an individual assistance program at its weekly conference call

Omaha, NE – The Iowa Emergency Management Agency says one million dollars has been set aside to assist individuals affected by the floods.

Marvin Schultz, from the Iowa Department Human Services, says in order to qualify, individuals must be below 200% of the federal poverty level. Additionally, the aid is only available to residents in counties that have governor's disaster declarations but not presidential disaster declarations, "The individual assistance grant program is a program that will provide up to $5,000 in assistance per household that would meet qualifications. And it's meant to assist with individual assistance losses including food, personal items such as clothing. It can assist with repairing furnaces, water heaters, sump pumps, things like that."

Individual assistance applications are available online at dhs.ia.gov.