Long-term Community Needs Survey to Help Fill Gaps for Disaster Survivors

Posted July 5, 2024
Posted by: Public Relations

Council Bluffs, IA – Officials are announcing the release of an ongoing needs assessment for disaster survivors of the severe weather events of April and May, which have caused significant long-term impacts to public infrastructure and housing.

The survey is designed to assess the status and future needs of those impacted. Data collected will help connect residents with assistance programs currently available, identify current and future gaps in aid, and guide in the activation or development of additional assistance programs in partnership with non-profit, local, state, and federal programs.

“It’s critical we hear directly from those impacted by disaster,” said Doug Reed, Emergency Management Director for Pottawattamie County. “Learning about ongoing or future challenges our residents are facing provides the information needed to activate additional assistance programs and facilitates efforts to create innovative solutions to meet the needs of those suffering.”

Officials are encouraging those impacted by the April and May severe weather and tornado disasters to complete the survey so additional assistance can be matched to the actual needs of those impacted.

Three Ways to Submit Needs Assessment Survey

Residents impacted can also find links to the survey on Emergency Management’s website, X, and Facebook pages. A QR code enabled flyer will also be posted at Minden City Hall and Crescent City Hall to allow access to the survey from a smartphone camera or scanner app.

Plans are also underway to develop and deploy field teams to conduct outreach in the impacted areas to directly assist disaster survivors in completing the survey.

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