This page offers information and resources related to safety, recovery, and assistance during times of severe weather in Iowa.
To report downed trees in streets and other public areas, call the Streets Division at 319-356-5181 or use ICgovXpress to let us know about the issue. Please be able to provide detailed location information if you call and be prepared to leave a voicemail.
- Debris Cleanup Safety
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cleanup safety information for natural disasters and severe weather.
- Department of Natural Resources provides suggestions on cleaning up yard debris and damaged trees.
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration offers Tree Trimming safety information.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has tips on how to protect yourself during cleanup after a storm.
More information will be added soon.
How to Stay Updated
- Sign up for City updates and news releases sent directly to your email at www.icgov.org/subscribe.
- Sign up for Johnson County Emergency Management alerts and updates at their website.
- Tune into local radio stations for updated news. When power is out, make sure you follow local radio KCJJ, and have extra batteries available for radio, flashlights, and other essentials during power outages.
Emotional Health Support
- CommUnity, formally the Crisis Center, has support resources by phone (Crisis Call/Text: 1-855-325-4296) and Online Chat.
- Crisis Text Line 24/7: Text "HOME" to 741741 to connect to a counselor for support.
- Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team provides mental health services across the state after a disaster.
- Iowa Refugee Counseling Center offers virtual counseling sessions for refugees and immigrants.
- Your Life Iowa Statewide Crisis Line is available for those experiencing emotional distress in a crisis and can be reached at 855-581-8111.
Farming and Agriculture Resources
- USDA offers assistance to farmers and ranchers:
Financial or Grant Assistance
- Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP) offers grants to families whose household’s annual income is at 200% or less of the federal poverty level. Each qualifying household may receive up to $5,000.00. Apply at the website.
- Applications can be turned in to a local Community Action Agency, go to www.iowacommunityaction.org to find your local agency. For the Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant program information call toll-free 1-877-347-5678.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to non-profit organizations and businesses impacted by disasters.
- CommUnity Crisis Center and Food Bank
- Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP), the community action agency serving Johnson County, offers mobile food pantries and other nutrition services.
- USDA Tips for Handling Food Following a Disaster
- Iowa Legal Aid
- Legal Advice Hotline: 1-800-332-0419; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday
- Iowa State Bar Association offers information on legal assistance.
Other Emergency Resources
- American Red Cross offers emergency housing or shelter for those in need by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767).
- Iowa Department of Human Services has a variety of disaster relief resources available on their website.
- Iowa Disaster Case Management: This program connects households impacted by severe weather with case managers that assist households with recovery plans post-disaster.
- Johnson County
- Social Security Administration Information Flyers
- State of Iowa Disaster Recovery offers news, funding and community support opportunities, and resources.
- 211 Iowa: Toll-Free is available to connect Iowans with the social services (food, funding, housing, etc.) they need for their particular circumstance. Call 866-469-2211; Alternative: 319-739-4211.