Call Iowa Concern for Help Coping with the Stress of Derecho Storm Damage

August 20, 2020, 1:49 pm | Tammy Jacobs

AMES, Iowa – Iowans struggling to deal with the stress from the devastation brought to the state Aug. 10 from a damaging, high-wind derecho can call Iowa Concern for help, 24/7, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Corn field and stormy sky by Bits and Splits/“By calling Iowa Concern at 800-447-1985 for help, you can talk to a person who cares, learn about your legal rights, discuss financial concerns and find other assistance,” Jacobs said.

With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. Iowa Concern provides access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.

Language interpretation services are available. Or, visit the website,, to live chat with a stress counselor one-on-one in a secure environment. Iowans can also email an expert regarding legal, finance, stress, or crisis and disaster issues. All personal information is kept confidential.

Iowans looking for disaster recovery resources related to severe weather can also visit

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Audio file available: For use in 2020

Transcript for :30 audio file. Narrator: Dealing with storm damage is tough, but the stress can be even harder to handle. Call Iowa Concern for help, 24/7. Connect with emotional support. Learn about your legal rights, discuss financial concerns and find other assistance. Talk to a person who cares. Call Iowa Concern at 800-447-1985. That’s Iowa Concern at 800-447-1985.

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