Disaster Recovery

Finding Answers Now

Unexpected events, such as natural disasters or economic downturns impact margins, but also have an impact far beyond the farm. There is a human side to the economic stress. As Iowans deal with disruptions to their families and communities, these resources provide information to help you cope with concerns about stress and relationships, personal finance, and nutrition and wellness.


Iowa Concern - 1-800-447-1985
A confidential, free resource answered 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Language interpretation available. Dial 711 for TTY/TDD.

  • 24/7 Phone Support - Trained staff take your calls via a toll-free hotline at 1-800-447-1985.
  • Email an Expert - Send your questions related to legal issues, finances, stress and crisis or disaster to our staff.
  • Live Chat - One-on-one, secure communication through typed text with a stress counselor.

Information and resources for consumers with home and family questions.
Toll-free Monday through Friday, 9am - noon and 1 - 4pm.

  • 1-800-262-3804 (in Iowa)
  • 1-800-854-1678 (in Minnesota)
  • 1-800-735-2942 (Relay Iowa phone linkage for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)





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Other Resources

  • Ag Decision Maker’s Changing Farm Financial Conditions – family financial tools and resources for handling communications, family stress and coping with change and contact information for specialists willing to help during these tough times
  • Disaster Recovery Resources
  • Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) - information and resources in six categories: Agricultural Disasters, Families and Communities, Hazards and Threats, Human Health, Disaster Watch
  • Your Disaster Checklist - a checklist to help consumers gather the financial information they would need after an emergency, developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau