The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition is asking for the public’s help once again to help families impacted by the recent flood and continued support for the July 17th tornado. The Coalition is asking for monetary donations to help affected families in Benton County meet any unmet needs they have after other assistance is gone.

Individuals and organizations can make monetary donations to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition by mailing donations to P.O. Box 125, Vinton, IA 52349. Questions can be directed to Teresa Floyd at 319-443-3570. All funds are used in Benton County.

The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition requested and received help from the Iowa Individual Assistance Program, which can provide up to $5000 for eligible disaster impacted families meeting specific guidelines. Assistance is primarily for food, clothing, and housing assistance. The local Disaster Recovery Coalition then supports any unmet needs families have after state assistance is gone. Applications for assistance for both the state assistance program and the Disaster Recovery Coalition can be made with Sherry Adams, 309 1st Avenue, Vinton or by calling Phone: 319-241-5121.

Benton County’s Disaster Recovery Coalition is a 501c3 organization that was formed after the floods of 2008 to assist families in the county who have unmet needs after all other sources of funds have been exhausted. The Coalition is Benton County’s long term recovery committee. They work directly with Benton County Emergency Management. It’s mission is “To strengthen area-wide disaster coordination in Benton County by sharing information, simplifying resident access, and jointly resolving cases with unmet needs”.

The Coalition is made up of local agency representatives and volunteers who “activate” when a multi-dwelling disaster occurs. They will continue to meet until all disaster impacted families with unmet needs are back on their feet.