FOR RELEASE: July 2, 2014
CONTACT: Leslie Wright
319-398-5372 ext. 15, email@example.com
Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster (LAP-AID) in coordination with Linn County Emergency Management is providing assistance to individuals impacted by recent flash flooding.
Clean Up Assistance
- For those needing assistance with clean up of their homes please call United Way 2-1-1 at 2-1-1 or 319-739-4211 or 1-866-469-2211. You will need to provide your name, address, phone number and describe the type of help you need.
Clean Up Kits are available at the following locations:
- Salvation Army, 1000 C Avenue NW in Cedar Rapids from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
- Red Cross, 6300 Rockwell Drive NE in Cedar Rapids from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Iowa Individual Assistance Program
On Tuesday, July 1, Governor Terry Branstad issued a proclamation that implemented the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant. Residents of Linn County affected by the recent storms may contact Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) by calling United Way 2-1-1 at 2-1-1 or 319-739-4211 or by calling HACAP at 319-393-7811. Individuals should ask to speak with John Regan.
The Iowa Individual Assistance Program<http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs> provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level<http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.cfm>, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, 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<http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs>. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.
People commonly experience a variety of disaster-related stress reactions before, during or after the events. Reactions will vary among people, and could include things such as grief, anxiety, sleep disturbances, or intrusive thoughts about the events. Sharing your feelings and thoughts can help. You can talk with someone at:
Abbe Center - 319-398-3562
Foundation 2 - 319-362-2174
Iowa Concern Hotline – 1-800-447-1985
About Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster
Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster is a coalition of organizations who seek to increase resilience and minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, environment and economy in Linn County, Iowa. To learn more about the organization contact Leslie Wright, LAP-AID Chair at United Way of East Central Iowa, 319-398-5372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About United Way of East Central Iowa www.unitedwayofeastcentraliowa.org
United Way of East Central Iowa is a nonprofit organization and is the second largest United Way in Iowa. UWECI was established in 1914 serving four nonprofits and now works with around 30 nonprofit partners to serve Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones and Linn counties to help meet the communities most critical needs in education, financial stability and health.