Pottawattamie County Outlines Disaster Conditions and USDA Assistance for Farmers

Posted May 28, 2024
Posted by: Public Relations

COUNCIL BLUFFS – As yet another storm system has caused damage to both public and private property, emergency management officials continue to request damage reports and pictures from the public.

“We’re now included in three active State Proclamations of Disaster Emergency, it’s almost unprecedented,” said Doug Reed, director of emergency management. “Covering a county of over 93,000 square miles can be challenging for our staff of three, so reports from the public are crucial in expediting the process to help identify needs and apply for assistance programs that can help our jurisdictions, residents, and businesses,” said Reed.

Reporting Damages

Damages for the most recent storms occurring in the county are being requested from those impacted. Any renters, homeowners, or businesses that have not yet reported their damages for the May 6 or May 20 through May 24 storms should do so on the emergency management website. Please indicate the exact date damages occurred and provide photos if possible.

Current Declaration Status

Assistance for Farmers

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has approved the Governor’s request for the activation of USDA disaster assistance in the state and Pottawattamie County. The Governor’s press release on the announcement can be found here. A USDA Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet can be viewed at this link. Impacted farmers in Pottawattamie County should report their damage and inquire on available assistance programs through their FSA Service Center in Oakland or Council Bluffs.

Access to Assistance Information and Ways to Help

Information and links to available assistance programs and ways you can contribute to disaster relief can be found at the emergency management agency website and the Share Iowa website. Both websites are updated as information is received from partners and service providers.

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