Help still available for derecho survivors

Derecho victims have until Oct. 19 to register for FEMA assistance


DES MOINES — A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will close in Linn County on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. However, help for survivors of the August derecho is just a phone call, a mouse click, or a tap on the FEMA app away.

Survivors do not have to visit a DRC to register or submit documents to FEMA.

Applicants may register in the following ways:

* Go online to

* Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.

* Call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:

* Mail to FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055.

* Fax to 800-827-8112.

* Submit them via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account, visit, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.

The DRC is located at: The parking lot between Cedar Rapids Kernels stadium and Kingston Stadium, 950 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Enter the parking lot from the corner of Veterans Memorial Drive and Kurt Warner Way.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time. Closed Sundays.

Survivors in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties have until Oct. 19 to register for disaster assistance.