DERECHO RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES

FEMA ASSISTANCE FEMA announced that additional federal disaster assistance is available to the state of Iowa as a result of severe storms on Aug. 10. The additional assistance authorizes federal funding to affected individuals in Linn County.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362).

UPDATE: FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will close in Linn County on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. 

A Disaster Recovery Center opened in Linn County in the parking lot between Cedar Rapids Kernels Stadium and Kingston Stadium at 950 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids  to give survivors options to submit documents for their disaster assistance application. FEMA has adapted to the realities of responding during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve Iowans while protecting their safety and that of FEMA employees.

The DRC will not operate in a traditional fashion. The center will offer drive-through service.  Survivors are asked to stay in their vehicles when visiting.

FEMA highly encourages residents to register online or by phone before visiting the site.

You can register in any of the following ways:Read More

Here's what you need to know about the Disaster Recovery Center:Read More

FEMA ASSISTANCE
FEMA announced that additional federal disaster assistance is available to the state of Iowa as a result of severe storms on Aug. 10. The additional assistance authorizes federal funding to affected individuals in Linn County.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362).


Red Cross Emergency Financial Assistance Program
The American Red Cross will deliver emergency financial assistance to households whose residences sustained major damage or were destroyed. Qualified households will be eligible for $450 to support emergency needs. Funds will be made available using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Read More


United Way of East Central Iowa Disaster Recovery Fund  
United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI) has expanded its recovery fund to include recovery assistance following the devastating derecho storm that passed through East Central Iowa on Monday, August 10. UWECI’s Disaster Recovery Fund raises dollars in support of nonprofits’ increasing needs for our community members affected by the storm. Read More


Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans for Business and Residential 
Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Iowa businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.Read More

211 General Assistance
Food, funding, and shelter Dial 2-1-1, text your zip code to 899211 or visit 211iowa.org

Food Pantries

  • Hiawatha: Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons St., is available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
  • Lisbon: Southeast Linn Community Center, 108 S. Washington St. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. (For Lisbon and Mount Vernon residents.)
  • Marion: Marion Square, 1107 Seventh Ave. Donations can be dropped of from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Diapers, baby needs and other supplies available.

CommUnity Crisis Center & Food Pantry
Coralville Community Food Pantry
North Liberty Community Pantry

Financial Help
Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program
Disaster Case Management
Note: Make sure you’re keeping your receipts from disaster expenses (& pictures) for possible future assistance from feds.

Mental Health
If you are struggling and need to talk with someone.
Call 1-800-273-TALK

Linn County Emergency Management Agency
Information on shelters, debris removal & what towns in Linn county are doing to respond to the storm needs.

Linn County Public Health
Information on burning, road closures, safety tips with generators and food.

Iowa Dept of Public Health
Disaster relief resources, including agriculture.

Iowa Department of Human Services
Disaster assistance programs, such as food assistance replacement.

Red Cross - Serving Iowa
Can provide temporary lodging and meals.
1-800-RED-CROSS and press 0 to speak with a representative

United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties
Their disaster resource page has updated information and resources for those impacted by the derecho storm in Johnson and Washington Counties.
319-338-7823

City of Cedar Rapids
Updated information and resources for those impacted by the derecho storm in the City of Cedar Rapids.
Sign Up for Text Alerts

City of Iowa City
Updated information and resources for those impacted by the derecho storm in the City of Iowa City.

Iowa Derecho Storm Facebook Page
Over 18,000 citizens requesting and sharing recovery resources.

Free WiFi Locations
ImOn Communications

  • Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • McGrath Amphitheatre (475 1st St SW)
  • NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)
  • Cedar Rapids ImOn Ice Arena (1100 Rockford Rd SW)

Mediacom

  • Stoney Point YMCA (300 Stoney Pt Rd SW)
  • Best Buy parking lot (4650 1st Ave NE)
  • Mediacom Office (6300 Council Street NE)
  • Hy-Vee (3600 Business Hwy 151, Marion)
  • Craft Fitness/Graybill parking lot (205 Miller Rd, Hiawatha)

Electronic Device Charging & Internet Access Locations
Locations will open according to the schedule below until electrical power in Cedar Rapids has been restored:Read More

Access to Electricity for Medical Needs

The following locations are open for residents that need a place to go to charge medical equipment or need a day shelter. Please note that medical supplies are not available at these locations. Residents are asked to visit their medical care supply provider for new oxygen tanks, diabetic supplies, etc.

Cedar Rapids Locations

Stations to charge medical equipment will be available daily, beginning Friday, August 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Downtown Library, 5th Avenue and 5th Street in the parking lot
  • Twin Pines Golf Course parking lot
  • Northwest Recreation Center parking lot
  • Shores Event Center (Corner of F Avenue and 16th Street NE in the back parking lot)

Linn Country Locations Read More

 
 

Donate Your Dollars:

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties has opened their local Community Disaster Relief Fund, which will distribute support for individuals and families in crisis. Donate here.

Dream City is in need of donations to fund providing food, supplies, and a safe space to vulnerable families in need. Donate here.

Coralville Community Food Pantry is coordinating meals for residents. Donate here.

Linn Community Food Bank is giving away bags of food, frozen meat and milk vouchers. Donate here.

Horizons Meals on Wheels for Linn County is coordinating meals for residents. Donate here.


Donate Your Time:

City of Cedar Rapids Storm Damage Response

Updated City of Cedar Rapids Storm Response Resources Flyer

The City of Cedar Rapids continues to respond to the community's needs in the wake of the storm.

See all updated info here.

Power Outage Updates

MidAmerican Energy - Outage Map

Linn County REC | Outage Map

Alliant Energy - Outage Map

Safety Tips from Alliant Energy

  1. Don’t attempt to remove tree limbs stuck in or touching power lines – call Alliant Energy for assistance.
  2. Call a professional to trim trees near power lines.
  3. When tree trimming or removing branches – whether standing on the ground or using a ladder, pole or crane -- stay at least 10 feet away from any electric lines.
  4. Don’t let anyone climb trees near power lines.
  5. Keep children and pets away from utility equipment, including meters and transformers.
  6. Don’t go near downed power lines, especially if they are tangled in trees or other vegetation.
  7. Always assume a downed line is energized and dangerous, even if it's not jumping or sparking. If you see a downed line or damaged utility equipment, call Alliant Energy.
  8. Call 811 to locate underground utility lines before starting any project that requires digging. This would include digging to remove what is left from downed trees. It’s simple, free – and it’s the law.

Cable Outage Updates

City of Cedar Rapids Non-tree Storm Debris Removal - Starts Aug 31
We expect to start collecting non-tree-related storm debris the week of Monday, August 31. This has been delayed one week so that tree debris removal crews can continue their work. Items such as plastic storage sheds, children’s outside play buildings, roofing, shingles, glass, siding, and items damaged in the storm can be placed at the curb for collection, in separate piles from tree debris. Using Contractor assistance, crews will likely follow the snow prioritization routes and move their way through neighborhoods systematically. Crews will return in multiple waves until neighborhoods have been cleared of debris.

Linn County Solid Waste Agency
Beginning Monday, August 31, 2020, the Solid Waste Agency landfill location, 1954 County Home Road, Marion will be open 7:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday and 7:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, September 05. The Agency will be closed on Sunday, September 06 and Monday, September 07 for Labor Day.

The Resource Recovery building remains closed for recycling at this time. The overhead doors are inoperable and the fire suppression system is still down. Both are scheduled for repairs. The building will reopen as soon as it is safe to operate in.

The compost & yard waste location, 2250 A Street SW, Cedar Rapids will be open 8:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday and 8:00am – 2:00pm Saturday.

Unincorporated Organic Debris Removal

Linn County has contracted with a specialized natural disaster recovery company Ceres Environmental Services, Inc. to assist the County in collection and disposal of storm-generated organic debris in unincorporated Linn County. The County has identified four self-haul drop-off sites for rural residents to use to dispose of their organic storm debris, in addition to the two Solid Waste Agency locations. There is no charge to residents to drop off their organic storm debris at these four locations below. Details on the drop-off locations are as follows: Read More