FEMA extends assistance for Iowans
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a request to extend the registration period for disaster assistance. The registration period was scheduled to end Wednesday.
Iowans in 35 counties now have until Nov. 12 to register for Individual Assistance, which can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of flooding and severe weather that occurred this past summer.
"The continued volume of registrations indicates impacted Iowans are still assessing their damages and need additional time to apply for aid to help them in their recovery," said Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management's Pat Hall.
Homeowners, renters or business owners affected by the storms should register for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free number, (800) 621-FEMA, or TTY (800) 462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available to answer calls during this time. Flood survivors may register for assistance online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov.