Second Multi-Agency Resource Center Event Set to Support Disaster Relief Efforts in the Region

Posted May 10, 2024
Posted by: Public Relations

Pottawattamie County, Iowa –  Another Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) event will be conducted to deliver services to individuals and families affected by the April 26th and May 6th tornadoes.

A MARC is a one-stop shop assistance center for disaster survivor information, referrals, and service delivery. The upcoming MARC event will take place in Pottawattamie County and is open to those impacted by the tornado events from Pottawattamie, Shelby, and Harrison Counties.

Available assistance at the MARC will include family store vouchers, emotional/spiritual care, rental and housing assistance, access to enroll in the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant and Disaster Case Advocacy programs, unemployment assistance, resource referrals, food assistance, environmental and personal health safety information, recovery information, legal advice and representation, home repair assistance and referrals, and more.

Pottawattamie County residents impacted by the disaster can access additional resources at several established donation sites:

Disaster Declarations

Emergency Management personnel from Pottawattamie County, the State of Iowa, FEMA, and the SBA completed the Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (JPDA) on Tuesday to validate locally reported damages from the disaster. FEMA Region VII, Kansas City, has submitted their findings to FEMA HQ (Washington, DC). Local officials are hopeful to hear positive results in the coming days. An approved Presidential Major Disaster Declaration will open access to the Individual Assistance Program [FEMA> and Disaster Loans [SBA> to help homeowners, renters, and businesses recover from the impacts of the disaster.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has included Pottawattamie County in an additional Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the tornadoes occurring on May 6th. This proclamation will allow individuals impacted by those tornadoes to apply for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant and Disaster Case Advocacy programs. No injuries or major structural damages have been reported from that event.

How to Help

Those wishing to assist disaster survivors are asked to provide monetary donations which will help support the service delivery organizations assisting survivors and other disaster recovery priorities. You can visit and contribute to:

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