The deadline for Iowa disaster survivors to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for recovery assistance has been extended to Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The deadline to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also has been extended to July 16. 

FEMA granted the two-week extension at the request of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in order to assist disaster survivors of the March 12-June 15 severe storms and flooding who have not yet registered for assistance. The increase in recent registrations for FEMA assistance prompted the extension to give people extra time to apply.

Homeowners and renters in the nine designated counties – Fremont, Harrison, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Scott, Shelby and Woodbury – are eligible for assistance.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Businesses may be eligible for disaster loan help from the SBA but are not eligible for FEMA recovery grants.

FEMA registration is quick and easy. There are multiple ways to register for federal disaster assistance prior to the July 16, 2019, deadline:  

• Go online to www.disasterassistance.gov.

• Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.  Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are on duty.

• Use FEMA’s disaster app on your smartphone. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, you can go to www.fema.gov/mobile-app.

Information about how to apply for low-interest SBA loans for businesses and residents is available online at SBA.gov/disaster. Call 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or low-hearing may call 800-8778339.

For more information on the Iowa disaster and a variety of recovery resources, log on to: www.floods2019.iowa.gov or call 2-1-1. Find additional information at www.fema.gov/disaster/4421.

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