As the flood waters along the Missouri River recede, the Safeguard Iowa Partnership and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management are asking businesses to report flood-related damage.
"We're asking farmers and businesses in the impacted counties to report their damages to help paint the picture of the damage from the Missouri River flooding," said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership, in a press release issued September 19. "We ask that all businesses who spent funds to prevent or mitigate flood damage, those with physical damage and those with indirect damages complete a short online survey."
The state will use damage information gathered by SIP when it appeals last month's decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deny requested assistance for individuals and businesses in Fremont, Harrison, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties. As the flood waters have receded, HSEMD has been working with local officials to bolster Iowa's appeal by capturing damages and associated impacts. The deadline for Iowa to appeal FEMA's denial of the Individual Assistance Program is Oct. 7, 2011.
Information gathered will be used to try to get federal funding for repairs
The Individual Assistance Program is made available to homeowners, renters and businesses and can include grants and low-interest loans to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs.
"The information the Safeguard Iowa Partnership is collecting from businesses is truly important to our appeal for assistance," says Brig. Gen. Derek Hill, of the Iowa National Guard. Hill is administrator of HSEMD. "Now that the water is receding, we will be better able to assess the damage caused by this devastating flood and the impact it has had on businesses and residents along the river."
Businesses that have sustained flood-related damages are asked to visit the SIP website at www.safeguardiowa.org to access the short online survey. All data will be kept private and information may be submitted anonymously, says Lucinda Robinson, public information officer for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Data will be aggregated and shared with county and state officials.
The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a 501c3 nonprofit involving government, private-sector, higher education and nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of Iowa to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters through public-private collaboration. For more information about the Safeguard Iowa Partnership, visit their website at www.safeguardiowa.org. For the latest updates on Missouri River flooding, visit HSEMD's website at www.iowahomelandsecurity.org.