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Project ReConnect helps low-income homeowners fund electrical repairs.

Alliant Energy grants $250,000 for low-income customers in Iowa.  Click here to go to the website.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – August 24, 2020 – Alliant Energy and community partners have teamed up to create the “Project ReConnect” program to fund electrical repairs that will allow power to be restored after the derecho on August 10. Through this program, Alliant Energy is working with our customers in need.

As Alliant Energy has restored power to communities following the storm, many customers are unable to receive available power due to extensive damage to their exterior electrical system that is the responsibility of the customer. This includes the meter box, service mast and weatherhead.

Through Project ReConnect, Alliant Energy through its foundation is providing funds to United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI), Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), Mid-Iowa Community Action and Community Action of Eastern Iowa to assist its customers who can’t afford the expenses of an electrician to make necessary repairs to their home.

Project ReConnect covers the costs for a licensed electrician to make these repairs. Once the repairs are made, Alliant Energy can restore available power to the home. The cost for an electrician to make these repairs can be up to $1,500.

Alliant Energy customers who need financial assistance to pay for these repairs are encouraged to contact their local community action agency, such as HACAP, Mid-Iowa Community and Community Action of Eastern Iowa, to apply. Income guidelines will be applied to customers who apply to these agencies.

“We understand how incredibly difficult it is to be without power. We are proud of our crews’ efforts in restoring power to the majority of our customers, and we won’t stop until all the lights are back on,” said Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “We are pleased to partner with several organizations to help our most vulnerable customers who are hurting and rebuild the communities we live in and love.”

To date, Alliant Energy through its foundation has provided $250,000 to Project ReConnect statewide. This includes a match that doubles the amount that Alliant Energy employees, retirees and the board of directors are giving to the program. UWECI is donating $40,000 for the five-county area they serve in eastern Iowa. Also, Border States Electric, a long-time business partner of Alliant Energy, is providing an additional $10,000. Alliant Energy and its foundation are hopeful that the total amount to be given to Project ReConnect will reach over $400,000.

The community action agencies are identifying eligible customers and dispatching electricians to customers as quickly as possible.

“Community Action Agencies express our thanks for the quick response of the Alliant Energy Foundation to address the needs of Iowans who are struggling to get their electricity reconnected due to the recent derecho.  Project ReConnect will allow hundreds of Iowans to take an important step towards recovery from the damage they have incurred,” said Lana Shope, Executive Director of the Iowa Community Action Association. “Project ReConnect is another example of Iowans coming together to help our communities address the needs of our friends and neighbors and we appreciate the leadership of the Alliant Energy Foundation in making Project Reconnect happen.”

For the latest updates on storm restoration, visit

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Iowa Department of Human Services

There are many efforts underway to get help to those who have been affected by the derecho on August 10. The DHS website is the best place to access our resources all in one place. Items shared through social media may not be complete or have all the information you need to ensure access the correct resources.

For information on DHS derecho recovery resources, including food assistance replacement, visit our website at:



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Jasper County Resources for Storm Recovery

Disaster Applications

Email:  Resources: applications for disaster

Telephone:  877-347-5678 (Option 1) for Disaster Assistance Grant questions

Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance


  • All stores and most restaurants are open
  • DHS Website   Telephone: (641)684-3999 or local office (641)792-1955

Resource: SNAP and SNAP food replacement applications available in the Newton DHS office (115 N 2nd Ave E)

  • Newton Salvation Army, 301 N 2nd E, Newton, Iowa 50208        Telephone: (641)792-6131

Resource: food pantry is open 10-11:45 am, 1-3 pm. Need proof living in Jasper County.

  • WIC/MICA– Mid Iowa Community Action        Telephone: (800)390-5293

Resource: Income guidelines, pregnant and postpartum women, and children under age 5

  • Jasper County Elderly Nutrition, Telephone: (641)792-7102

Email:   Resource: delivered meals, must be over age 60

  • Pregnancy Center of Central Iowa Phone (641)792-3050 709 1st Ave W, Newton Website: Resource: Pregnant women and infants- formula, diapers


Telephone (515)518-4770 or (641)792-3008        Email

Resources: applications for disaster, rent assistance homeless prevention

Telephone: (641)792-6131               Need proof living in Jasper County.

Telephone (641) 275-3516     Open Monday, August 24, 8-3pm, lunch and help with applications

Phone: (641)791-2609       Email:

Computers/internet/Cooling Center

  • Newton Public Library Email:

Telephone: (641)792-4108, Call and check hours

Resource: Computers and Internet for filling out applications.

  • Capstone- Connection Center– see above

Mental Health or Crisis Management

Call: (855) 581-8111       Text: (855) 895-8398

Rental Issues

Help with Applications

  • IMPACT Community Action– see above
  • Capstone Connections– see above
  • Marion County Public Health- First Five Resource: Parents with children

Telephone: (641)828-2238 ext. 152

Derecho Resources Applications: (open the hyperlink to go to the website)

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

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DHS Applications

Iowa Department of Human Services Applications

Food Assistance Replacement Form

Submit a clear image of the form to :
Paper Forms can be submitted to:

Jasper County DHS
215 N 2nd Ave E
Suite H
Newton, IA 50208
641-792-1955      OR       800-342-0829

FEMA-Individual Assistance

Apply online at

Call FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362

Iowa Department of Human Services-Derecho Resources Site

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DHS Announces Resources for Iowans Affected by Severe Weather

August 12, 2020

(Des Moines, Iowa) – The Department of Human Services (DHS) announces resources for families affected by the severe weather system that moved across Iowa and caused widespread damage on Monday, August 10.

Iowa families who currently receive Food Assistance can request to replace food that was destroyed or spoiled as the result of storm damage or power outage. The application form and instructions for submission can be found on the DHS website here. Completed applications forms must be received by DHS 10 calendar days from date of discovery of food loss (not from when the storm/incident occurred) to be considered for replacement. There are minimum timeframes to claim spoilage as a result of a power outage. The outage must be at least four hours for refrigerated items and 24 to 48 hours for freezer replacement.

Additionally, all eligible residents of Disaster Proclaimed counties (Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Dallas, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, and Washington) can apply for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Program application and instructions can be found here.

“There are many Iowans who sustained extensive damage to their homes, who are still without power and who need to feed their families. Our disaster related resources exist for these exact scenarios and we are working hard to connect with those in need,” said Janee Harvey, DHS Division Administrator of Adult, Child and Family Services.

Disaster Proclamations may be issued for additional counties. Those counties will be listed on the DHS site, here.

If you or someone you know needs assistance accessing these resources, please use our DHS Office Locator to find the office nearest you, or call 1-877-347-5678.

Media contact:
Matt Highland

Visit for information on DHS and its programs.


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Debris Removal & Contractor Information

County Residents Debris Removal Site

Residents of Jasper County living in unincorporated areas (outside) city limits can bring tree debris only to the former Jasper County Care Facility property beginning on 8/12/2020 until 8/26/2020 from 8 AM to 4PM.

Last Saturday will be September 5th from 8 AM to 5PM.

*** If you live within city limits please check with your local municipalities for instructions on how to dispose of tree debris.***


City of Newton Debris Pickup Map Link click here

If you live in the pink area, please do not park on the streets.

Listing of tree service providers and contractors

Tree Service Providers click here

Contractors click here

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Disaster Proclamation

Governor Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Jasper County in response to a severe weather system that moved across Iowa and caused widespread damage August 10. The proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website:

Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit

Residents of Jasper County are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information is being collected by the Jasper County Emergency Operations Center and Jasper County Emergency Management. The form can be found at:

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EMA Receives United Way of Jasper County Grant for Reusable Gowns for the County

United Way Provides Grant for Reusable Gowns for the County

The Jasper County Emergency Management Agency received a $13,200 grant from United Way of Jasper County through their Special Needs Fund to assist with response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will allow the EMA to permanently close an essential personal protective equipment (PPE) gap for the County public safety agencies, long term care facilities, and MercyOne Newton Medical Center.

The purpose is to coordinate the response to disasters that occur in the County. One of the areas of focus was ensuring PPE was available to frontline healthcare providers, including EMS, long term care facilities, and the hospital.

EMA worked diligently to find a source for 600 reusable, washable gowns when it became apparent that disposable isolation gowns were in increasing demand.

“During our response, there were many shortages in essential PPE – not only in Jasper County but nationwide,” said Josh Harding, EMA Program Coordinator.  “As the pandemic progressed, the PPE needs change and there became a large need for isolation gowns that protect healthcare providers while treating patients.”

“We were able to request disposable gowns from the State, but it became a goal to purchase and distribute reusable, washable gowns for EMS, long term care facilities, and the hospital,” stated Harding. “By finding a more permanent solution, we could ensure that healthcare providers had a consistent supply of gowns to keep them safe.”

“The United Way of Jasper County has been committed to serving the people of Jasper County in meaningful ways during the pandemic,” said Jessica Lowe Vokes, executive director of United Way of Jasper County. “The purchase of the PPE gowns will help ensure our EMS, medical, and nursing home staffs have the protection they need now and in the future. I am proud that United Way was able to step up and meet this need when others could not.”

Media Release: Danielle Rogers, Public Information Officer, Jasper County Emergency Operations Center 6-9-2020

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