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Disaster Proclamation Issued for Fayette County

Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Fayette County in response to Wednesday’s severe weather.

Fayette is one of 49 counties in Iowa to receive a state disaster proclamation – that covers half of the state.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the severe weather.

It activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Grants are available for qualifying Fayette County residents for home or car repairs, replacing clothing or food and temporary housing expenses. Potential applicants have 45 days to submit a claim. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website at dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs.

The state disaster proclamation also activates the Disaster Case Management Program for Fayette County residents. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program. It closes in 180 days. For more information, Fayette County residents can contact their local community action association or visit iowacommunityaction.org.

If you sustained damage from Wednesday’s severe weather, you’re asked to report it online at homelandsecurity.iowa.gov. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies.

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