If your church and community is affected by recent flooding, know that the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries coordinators and the staff of the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences are ready to assist your church and community for the long-haul.
In the immediate aftermath here are some things to do if your church, business or home is affected:
A MARC (a Multi-Agency Response Center) will be established in your area. Even if you think you will have insurance and other resources to cover all your losses, it is important to register with the MARC. It is VERY IMPORTANT to take these steps in the correct order, otherwise, you may cause yourself to be ineligible for some programs.
- Online, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
- By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time, seven days a week.
- Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and speak to a FEMA specialist one-on-one. To find the nearest DRC, go online to FEMA.gov/DRC.
Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans or for qualified homeowners and renters, disaster grants help pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable, temporary rental assistance, and serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources. SBA’s Customer Service Center : 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 – TTY or email.
For United Church of Christ churches that are affected you may contact:
Disaster Ministry Coordinator Brice Hughes (email)
Contact your insurance agent immediately. If your church is covered by Insurance Board insurance, you may find your agent’s contact information on our Partners page.
Associate Conference Ministers for general support:
Rev. Ellis Arnold (Iowa – Northwestern, Northeast and Eastern Iowa associations)
Rev. Jonna Jensen (Iowa – Southeastern, Central and Southwestern associations)
Rev. Darrell Goodwin (Nebraska)
Rev. Samantha Houser (South Dakota)