Branstad declares State of Disaster Emergency in Calhoun County

Branstad 1From Press Release


Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today announced he has declared a state of disaster emergency in Calhoun County in response to severe weather that moved through the area yesterday, Sunday, May 10, 2015. In addition, the governor and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten today will travel to Lake City, Iowa, to assess damage caused by severe weather.

The governor’s disaster proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storm. In addition, the proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Calhoun County.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $40,180, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.