Pottawattamie County residents approved for FEMA individual assistance

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Pottawattamie County has been approved to participate in FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program in the aftermath of the flooding.

The Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency was notified that FEMA Acting Director Pete Gaynor approved the State of Iowa’s request to include Pottawattamie County in the major disaster declaration for the State of Iowa. – specifically, FEMA Individual Assistance.

Local, state, and federal officials assessed damage throughout the county on April 2nd. Based on that, FEMA has now included Pottawattamie County.

This means that residents are now eligible to apply for the federal Individual Assistance Program, which provides aid to eligible homeowners, renters, and businesses.

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Director Doug Reed said, “We will be working with partners from Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and FEMA today to develop plans on setting up a Disaster Recovery Center in the county.”

A Disaster Recovery Center is a location where residents can go to register for FEMA assistance and speak with FEMA personnel regarding their needs.

“We also hope to provide access to other sources of assistance and services for our residents who need recovery assistance at the DRC,” Reed said.

Local officials will be providing further information to residents on where they can go to register for assistance and alternative means of registering with FEMA after plans are finalized over the next couple of days.

Residents are urged to monitor media outlets and emergency management’s Facebook, twitter, and website for further information.