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

Current Updates:

Governor Reynolds issued disaster proclamations for the following counties:
  • Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Howard and Winneshiek due to severe storms on June 7, 2018 and continuing. The application deadline is July 27, 2018. 
  • Hamilton and O'Brien for flooding and severe weather beginning June 14, 2018. The application deadline is August 2, 2018. 


The Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP) offers grants to families whose household’s annual income is at 200% or less of the federal poverty level.  Each qualifying household MAY receive up to $5,000.00. The IIAGP is activated when the Governor issues a disaster proclamation turning on IIAGP for the affected counties.
The grant application may be downloaded by clicking on Iowa Disaster Assistance Application.  Applications can be turned in to a local Community Action Agency, go to www.iowacommunityaction.org to find your local agency.

Iowa Disaster Case Management

Disaster Case Management is a time limited resource and process that involves a partnership between a disaster case manager and a household impacted by a disaster to develop and carry out a Disaster Recovery Plan.  This partnership provides the client with a single point of contact to facilitate access to a broad range of resources, promoting sustainable assistance for individual’s and a household’s recovery.  These services are client focused, and provided in a manner consistent with standards for trauma-informed practice in human services.
Contact your local Community Action Agency, go to www.iowacommunityaction.org to find your local agency.

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 www.iowadbhrt.org.  
Additional information and resources on Mental Health assistance following disasters visit Mental Health Disaster page