Floods can strike quickly – Iowans need immediate access to information and resources to help themselves and their neighbors.
Call Iowa’s 2-1-1 flood hotline for 24/7 assistance with questions and concerns about flooding and review the list of critical resources below to aid your flood recovery or assist a fellow Iowan who has been affected.
In 2019, Iowa Farm Bureau announced a $35,000 donation for flood relief efforts to help manage the immediate needs of Missouri River flood victims. If you'd like to donate to flood relief efforts, visit the "Make a Donation" page of the State of Iowa's flood relief website.
Farming Community Disaster Exchange*
Recent flooding in western Iowa has caused tremendous damage, devastating farms, homes and communities. The farming community is doing what it does best when disaster strikes – lending a helping hand to those in need.
To facilitate that neighbor-helping-neighbor process, the Iowa Farm Bureau has developed the Farming Community Disaster Exchange – an online message board where Iowans can offer help to those impacted by the floods, or to seek assistance.
Whether it’s donating extra hay, offering clean-up assistance or helping house livestock – simply post services you’re willing to provide. Need help? Use this message board as a way to ask for assistance as well. The message board also has a search function to help you search for topics.
*This exchange is a centralized resource to share information.
PLEASE NOTE: it is the sole responsibility of message board users to contact each other to negotiate interactions or transactions.
To get started, click the button below.
*Disclaimer: By using this exchange the participant waives any and all liability and claims against the Iowa Farm Bureau arising out of or related to the participant’s use of the exchange. Participant acknowledges that by providing this exchange, the Iowa Farm Bureau is not endorsing any product or service, and is providing no warranty as to the accuracy, appropriateness, legality or completeness of any information posted. Iowa Farm Bureau reserves the right to delete any information posted on this exchange, and/or discontinue the exchange at any time.
Flood Relief Resources
- USDA announces food assistance for Iowa flood victims.
- State of Iowa 2-1-1 Flood Hotline: Questions or concerns regarding flood recovery can be found here.
- FEMA Aid: Anyone who sustained losses in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Woodbury can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, please call1-800-462-7585.
- Coping With Disasters
- CDC tips for avoiding flooded areas
- CDC tips for reentering your flooded home
- CDC tips for keeping food and water safe after a natural disaster
- Flooded Grain fact sheet (Iowa Department of Ag & Land Stewardship).
- Management guidance for flooded grain (ISU Extension).
- Flooded grain safety tips from Sukup.
- USDA assistance for Iowa Farmers.
- Farmers.gov gives a list of resources that can be used for recovery.
- Livestock Indemnity Program fact sheet: This FSA program financially assists producers when they suffer a loss of livestock due to adverse weather.
- For crops that were not insured but were destroyed by a natural disaster, get information here.
- USDA APHIS offers resources on protecting livestock during a disaster. Find more here.
- Emergency Conservation Program fact sheet: ECP can provide some cost-share assistance to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. It also can provide cost-share assistance to help restore fences damaged or lost due to natural disaster.
- Check private wells for contamination after flooding.
- Insurance Coverage: Client/members with questions about their insurance coverage should contact their agent. Find my Farm Bureau agent.
- For general insurance questions, please contact the Iowa Insurance Division at 515-281-5705.
- FAQ about Prevented Planting Insurance.
- For more information on how to prepare for future flooding, see video below.
Mental Health Resources
- Iowa Concern Hotline: As Iowans deal with this devastation, stress can take a toll. To find help regarding stress, disaster recovery, or legal education, call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-447-1985 or click here.
- Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team: The Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) is a team of trained volunteers address mental health needs of Iowa residents after disasters. Performed for community providers based on area needs, services include crisis counseling and intervention, community outreach and psychological first aid.Local authorities can request this assistance by contacting the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Duty Officer, who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 515-725-3231. For more information click here.
Ways to Help
- To volunteer, contact Red Cross, Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity. To volunteer with livestock relief, contact your local Emergency Response Coordinator and the county supervisor. A link to their county coordinators can be found here.
- Make adonation.
Iowa Flood Coverage
- A slow road to recovery. 5/28/2019
- Ford offers special below-invoice pricing for Iowa Farm Bureau flood victims. 5/15/2019
- Iowa Farm Bureau crop experts say the worst is yet to come for farmers impacted by flooding. 4/3/2019
- Amidst flood tragedy, the spirit of helping remains strong. 4/1/2019
- Bringing help to flooded SW Iowa. 4/1/2019
- Floods show the character of Iowa farmers. 4/1/2019
- Flooding raises questions on river management. 4/1/2019
- Iowa Farm Bureau supports immediate relief efforts and resources for flood victims. 3/27/2019
- Iowa farmers are slammed by flooding. 3/25/2019
- Flooding swamps Iowa. 3/18/2019