Derecho Resources

Derecho Storm Resources

The Economic Alliance is committed to providing business resources as our community navigates challenges faced due to the derecho storm. Find information about local businesses with products and services needed now.

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Have a specific question? Does your business offer a unique product or service that’s in high demand right now? Reach out to us at 319-398-5317 or

    Equipment Grant for Food Producers and Food Hubs

    Iowa specialty crop producers and food hubs can apply by September 7, 2020 for reimbursement for equipment and supplies needed to serve their products in schools, colleges, universities, and early care centers. Producers must enroll in Farm to School directory to be eligible. Approved applicants may be eligible to receive $5,000 to $10,000. Application Details are available here.

    FEMA Individual Assistance (including business assistance)

    Individuals and business owners in Linn County who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 for TTY users. Users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST, seven days a week, until further notice. Another option is registering online at

    SBA Disaster Loans

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to non-farm businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters in Linn County who suffered losses caused by the derecho. More information including application can be found at (English Flyer) (Póster Español)

    IRS Tax Relief Deadlines Extended to Dec. 15

    Various individual and business tax returns and tax payment deadlines have been moved back to December 15, 2020. This relief is offered to any area designated by FEMA as qualifying for individual assistance. A list of qualifying locations is available on the disaster relief page at

    Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available

    The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides unemployment benefits and reemployment services to individuals who have become unemployed because of major disasters. Benefits begin with the date the individual was unemployed due to the disaster incident and can extend up to 26 weeks after the Presidential declaration date. These benefits are made available to individuals not covered by other unemployment compensation programs, such as self-employed, farmers, migrant and seasonal workers. Unemployed individuals will register with Iowa Workforce Development before they can receive DUA benefits.

Open For Business

As businesses work to reopen and/or relocate, a listing of businesses open continues to change and evolve by the hour. We encourage businesses to list their business reopening in the local Facebook page Rally C.A.P. - Champion and Protect Local Businesses, which began after COVID-19 to relay information about local businesses.

Rally C.A.P. Champion and Protect Local Businesses

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