Governor Kim Reynolds issued disaster proclamations for a number of counties affected by the recent derecho storm. Visit the Iowa Department of Human Services' website regarding Food Assistance replacement, Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program, Iowa Disaster Case Management, and Disaster Behavior Health Response.
Community Action Agencies:
Many community action agencies offer assistance such as food banks, food delivery initiatives, clothing, diapers, and other emergency and disaster relief needs. There is a network of 17 community action agencies that serves all of Iowa's 99 counties. To find a community action agency near you, visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights' website.
211 provides support, resources, and referrals in the event of a disaster. Iowans may call 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431 to be connected to the help they need.
For the English Language Learner Help Line, call 1-877-558-2609.
For deaf and hard-of-hearing Iowans, dial 7-1-1 first for the Telecommunications Relay Service to reach the 2-1-1 hotline.
American Red Cross Serving Iowa:
The Red Cross provides critical resources to assist Iowa with recovery efforts, including shelter, food, emergency supplies, and disaster health services. Red Cross is putting plans in place to provide financial assistance; more information will be forthcoming. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS and dial 0 to speak with a representative. Updates can be found here: News and Events and Facebook.
The Iowa Association of Realtors' grant is available to help individuals affected by the derecho storm with mortgage payment assistance or rental costs due to displacement up to $1,000 per applicant. Some scenarios for eligibility may include a homeowner with a mortgage that was displaced due to damage of their home; a homeowner with a mortgage living in their home without power due to the storm damage; a renter that was displaced due to damage of their apartment building.
Free U-haul Self-Storage Units for 30 days:
U-Haul facilities across the state are offering 30 days of free self-storage units and U-Box portable storage containers to residents affected by the derecho. Find the locations offering this service by clicking here.
Many volunteer opportunities can be found on the state's Volunteer Iowa website. For volunteer opportunities related to the derecho, click here. Volunteers are advised to use health and safety measures.
CDC Safety Tips:
The CDC offers health and safety tips, including chainsaw precautions, when cleaning up after severe weather. Use safety gear, pace yourself, and be careful of potential hazards. Clean Up Safety After a Disaster
For additional local resources, including updates, requesting help, volunteer and donation opportunities, visit the city and county websites and their social media pages.
FOOD ASSISTANCE REPLACEMENT- return electronically or Newton DHS office, 115 N 2nd Ave E, Newton, IA 50208
THE IOWA INDIVIDUAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM (IIAGP)Applications should be returned to IMPACT, Community Action Partnership, 3226 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50311
NOTICE TO BAXTER RESIDENTS:
Jasper County is gathering damage inventory information which includes pictures to use in necessitating county-wide federal assistance. This damage report will include all structural damage to homes, garages, businesses, and outbuildings. If you have taken pictures of structural damage to your home or buildings, please submit your pictures to the following link
If you need assistance with reporting your damage please email your name, address, and a brief description of where the damage is located to City Hall at:
PLEASE DO NOT BLOW GRASS INTO THE STREETS!
CITY ORDINANCE, SECTION 105.11, PROHIBITED PRACTICES STATES IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO MOW OR DEPOSIT GRASS CLIPPINGS OR YARD WASTE INTO CITY STREETS AND CURBS.
City Ordinance, Section 142.03, DUTY TO TRIM TREES states the homeowner shall keep the trees overhanging the street, trimmed so that all branches will be at least fifteen (15) feet above the surface of the street and eight (8) feet above the sidewalks.
GOLF CART AND UTV REGISTRATIONS WILL BEGIN JUNE 1ST AT CITY HALL:
Annual golf cart permits are required to operate golf carts on city streets. Please bring your golf cart with safety flag and slow-moving vehicle sign, along with proof of insurance, driver's license, and $25 to City Hall for issuance.
Annual UTV permits are required to operate UTVs on city streets. Please bring in or drop off a copy of your driver's license (drivers must be 18 yrs or older), copy of insurance, your Jasper County UTV permit, and $25 to City Hall for issuance. UTVs do not need an inspection performed by the City.
John Hicks was sworn in as Baxter's new Chief of Police. Chief Hicks moved to Baxter from Holiday, Florida with his family. John retired from the Pinellas Park Police Department with the rank of Captain.
We are excited to welcome Chief Hicks and his family to Baxter.