O’Brien County Recovery

O’Brien County Disaster Recovery Resource Information:

Recovery Resources – O’Brien County, IA – Please Review (pdf. document)

Activated Assistance Programs:

  • O’Brien County has been included in the approval for FEMA Individual Assistance.
  • FEMA Individual Assistance Process – Guide – O’Brien County, IA
  • Disaster Assistance Phone Number – FEMA  (English and Spanish)
  • Citizenship and Immigration Status Requirements for FEMA Assistance 
    • Due date to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance  (August 23, 2024)
    • Options for applying for assistance:

      -There will be several Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Teams in the area going door to door. (There are multiple teams in the NW Iowa Area.) FEMA staff will have a FEMA ID that they will wear on a lanyard around their neck.  Please ask to see the ID.

      -You may call FEMA’s hotline at 800-621-3362  (If you are ready to apply, this option may be the quickest option for you. You may also call this number if you have questions over your application.)

      -Visit www.disasterassistance.gov

      -You may download the FEMA App.

      -You may go to one of the open Disaster Recovery Centers.

      • Location: Rock Valley – FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (City Park Shelter House)  1013 13th Avenue, Rock Valley, IA 51247   (Hours:  8 am to 6 pm every day until further notice)
      • Location: Spencer – FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (Clay County Regional Events Center – Tower Gate Pavilion) 800 W 18th Street, Spencer, IA 51301 (Hours:  8 am to 6 pm every day until further notice)
      • If you decide to go to the Disaster Recovery Center, please make sure to have your damage documentation with you including: ID, social security number, address with zip code, condition of your damaged home or business, basic list of your property damage, insurance policy information/statement, phone number where you can be contacted, an email address or physical address where you can get mail, photos of the damages, and bank account information for direct deposit of funds.

  • Businesses may also register/apply for FEMA Individual Assistance due to damages that occurred on the June 21st / severe weather incident.   I was informed that businesses will be referred to the Small Business Administration.  There may be assistance available through the Small Business Administration.  The Small Business Administration offers low-interest loans after a disaster to help businesses of all sizes, non-profit organizations and individual households. Representatives of businesses of all sizes, non-profit organizations and individual households are welcome to visit a SBA Recovery Center.  (Location: Sioux County Centre Mall, 251 N. Main Ave. #212, Sioux Center, IA 51250 (Open: Monday – Friday 9 am to 6 pm) (Open Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm)  SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants at Disaster Recovery Centers. Additional information is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.   https://lending.sba.gov/search-disaster/?disaster=IA-20005

  • (How to appeal a FEMA decision?)

    You can appeal any FEMA decision or award amount by sending documents that show you qualify and need more help, like estimates for repairs, receipts, bills, etc.  Each decision letter you receive from FEMA explains types of documents that may help you appeal your decision or award amount for that type of assistance. (It is important to read the letter fully.)  You may call the FEMA hotline if you have any questions over the letter. 

  • The American Red Cross has financial assistance available for people whose primary home was destroyed or is unlivable due to the recent storms. If you have questions about American Red Cross financial assistance or other services call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

  • Disaster Case Advocacy Program (Deadline to apply December 19, 2024)

New Iowa Programs:

Cleaning up after a flood:

Hydrostatic Pressure (Basement Flooding)

What should I do when my well floods?: (Iowa DNR Resources)

Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship – Flooding Resources

Iowa Legal Aid Resources:

Flood Awareness / Mitigation: