Information, Resources for Flood Recovery Available from ISU Extension and Outreach


June 24, 2024, 11:48 am |

Flooding causes closures on a rural Iowa road by Michael Rolands/stock.adobe.com.AMES, Iowa – Floods are a common and costly natural disaster. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides access to information and educational resources to help Iowans recover from the current floods affecting northwest Iowa, as well as prepare for potential flooding elsewhere in the state.

Iowa Concern, 800-447-1985, is a confidential, free resource answered 24 hours a day, seven days per week. 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, https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/, 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.

ISU Extension and Outreach’s Disaster and Crisis Recovery website, https://www.extension.iastate.edu/disasterrecovery/, has information on flood clean-up and home repair and other flood recovery issues. ISU Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters and other crises, working in partnership with the local, state and federal agencies addressing the need.

Finding Answers Now offers resources for the human side of disasters to help Iowans cope with concerns about healthy eating, relationships, mental health and wellbeing, personal finance, food safety, and nutrition and wellness.

AnswerLine, 800-262-3804, provides information and resources for Iowans with home and family questions. The toll-free hotline is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Language interpretation is available. Dial 711 for TTY/TDD.

The Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University offers an All-Hazard booklet as a resource for individuals, farmers and producers, businesses, and others in rural agricultural communities. The center also has specific information related to flooding.

Photo credit: Michael Rolands/stock.adobe.com