Iowa derecho victims may be eligible for lodging reimbursement

Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 11:45 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Some Iowa derecho victims may be eligible for temporary lodging reimbursement if they register with FEMA, and they paid for a hotel, motel, or other short-term lodging, out-of-pocket due to storm damage sustained at their home.

The funds are available under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program for applicants who:

  • Register with FEMA.
  • Pass identity verification.
  • Verify occupancy in a primary residence within a designated county.
  • Verify that the primary residence is uninhabitable or inaccessible.
  • Incured disaster-related temporary lodging expenses.
  • Did not have insurance that would cover lodging.
  • Did not receive lodging assistance during the same timeframe.

To receive payment, storm victims must submit to FEMA hotel/motel receipts that show the balance paid in full.

Applicants from Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama can utilize the following methods to apply:

  • Go online to
  • Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.
  • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

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