Disaster Assistance Programs

For 24/7 disaster crisis counseling, call Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985.
For the Iowa individual disaster assistance grant program information call toll-free 866-434-4692.

Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program

IOWA GRANT PROGRAM SUMMARY. This program offers grants to families with incomes at or below twice the federal poverty index. Maximum grant $5,000. The program is launched with a governor's declaration and at the request of local officials.
Grants availble:
  • Cass, Decatur, Harrison, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, and Ringgold Counties - Application deadline July 28.   
  • Kossuth and Hancock Counties - Application deadline August 8.
  • Buena Vista, Cherokee, Franklin, Lyon, Palo Alto, Plymouth and Sioux Counties - Application deadline August 11. 
  • Adair and Guthrie Counties - Application deadline August 14.  
  • Black Hawk, Cedar, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Muscatine, Jones and Linn Counties - Application deadline August 15.
  • Clinton, Hardin, Lee, Clay and Emmet Counties - Application deadline August 18. 
  • Calhoun, Hamilton and Marshall Counties - Application deadline August 18.
  • Scott and Shelby Counties - Application deadline August 22.
  • Tama County - Application deadline August 25.
  • Benton, Chickasaw and Des Moines Counties – Application deadline September 1.
  • Louisa County - Application deaddline September 8.

Find the application here at Iowa Disaster Assistance Application.  Applications can be turned in to a local Community Action Association, go to www.iowacommunityaction.org/community_resources/index.cfm to find your local association.

Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team

The Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) is a trained team of volunteers who will respond to the mental health needs of Iowa residents following disasters and critical incidents. The team provides services for community providers based on local area needs and may be delivered at a disaster site in an affected community or statewide. Services may include:
  • Conduct behavioral health needs assessment following a disaster
  • Provide Psychological First Aid
  • Provide brief crisis counseling and intervention
  • Provide community outreach
  • Provide public information and education
  • Provide critical incident stress debriefing
  • Provide behavioral health consultation for providers, communities and individuals
  • Provide screening and referral for those affected by a disaster or critical event
Local authorities may request DBHRT assistance in order to meet the behavioral health needs of communities in crisis by contacting the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Duty Officer. The duty officer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 515-725-3231. For more information go to http://www.iowadbhrt.org/.  
Additional information and resources on Mental Health assitance following disasters visit Mental Health Disaster page