Flooding and resulting damage in May has resulted in Tama County being included among 46 other Iowa counties in a disaster declaration made by President Obama.
An application briefing for public assistance and hazard mitigation programs for Tama, Poweshiek, Marshall, Hardin, Story and Jasper counties has been set for tomorrow - Thursday, July 11 - at the Marshall County Conservation Office, 2349 233rd St. at 9:30 a.m.
Tama County Emergency Management said eligible applicants for PA and HMGP include: "state government agencies, local governments, private non-profit organizations that provide services of a governmental nature and Indian Tribal governments.
Sand bags are filled at the Iowa Department of Transportation Shop at Tama in early June for use along the U.S. Highway 30 Expressway near Montour.
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Individual assistance to families and individuals are separate programs.
Tama County Emergency Management Director Ryan Currens said the Iowa Department of Human Services administers the Iowa Individual Assistance program.
He also provided this information: Federal Individual Assistance (for families/individuals) is a little different. First of all, it covers damage/destruction to property as a result of a federally-declared (Presidential) disaster, when losses are not covered by insurance.
Most disaster assistance available through the federal government is in the form of loans administered by the Small Business Administration. In the case of our two Presidential Disasters this year, the counties weren't reporting enough uninsured damage to residences to qualify for a federal Individual Assistance declaration. These are guidelines set by the federal government, not the State of Iowa or Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.