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Mobile Response Team to Aid Marshalltown Home Recovery Efforts

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Governor Kim Reynolds « Lt. Governor Adam Gregg

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Brianne Fitzgerald, 515.8682589

Mobile response team to aid Marshalltown home recovery efforts

October 11, 2018 - (DES MOINES) Governor Kim Reynolds announced Thursday that Volunteer Iowa is allocating $400,000 in state and federal funding to equip and staff a mobile response unit that will make critical repairs to tornado-damaged homes in Marshalltown. As a result, there is an immediate need for additional staff positions to coordinate and lead volunteers as they work to make homes livable through the winter and support long-term recovery.

“The State of Iowa is committed to working across departments with our non-profit partners, industry and community leaders to help our neighbors in Marshalltown get their homes and community back,” Gov. Reynolds said. “Our teams have been on the ground since day one, assessing damage, coordinating volunteers and identifying resource needs. This mobile response effort is the next step in recovery.”

The mobile response unit is a partnership between Volunteer Iowa and Habitat for Humanity of Iowa and is supported by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Ultimately, the team will serve as a resource for other communities, like Marshalltown, without a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

“The long-term benefit of this mobile response unit is significant,” IEDA Director Debi Durham said. “Once the work in Marshalltown is complete, the crew will be available to respond to disasters across Iowa and support rural housing builds in the communities in most need of our assistance.”

Volunteer Iowa and Habitat for Humanity of Iowa have immediate openings for AmeriCorps members to assist in this effort. Job descriptions for a construction manager and positions on the “Habitat for Humanity of Iowa Mobile Response AmeriCorps Team” are available online at www.iowahabitat.org. Volunteers will also be critical to support the mobile response team before the colder weather arrives. Two AmeriCorps VISTA members will serve with the Central Iowa RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) to coordinate volunteers. The job description for these positions is available here.

The powerful tornado that swept through Marshalltown in mid-July this year downed trees and power lines and damaged public buildings, businesses and private residences. It is estimated more than 900 residences were affected by the storm. Among those, approximately 60 homes were either totally destroyed or had significant structural damage while another 300 or so sustained major damage.

“The hardest part of the recovery process is keeping the ongoing need top-of-mind after the initial disaster,” Volunteer Iowa Executive Director Adam Lounsbury said. “There will continue to be a significant need for additional fundraising and volunteers to support long-term recovery in Marshalltown.”

Donations can be made at www.iowahabitat.org. General volunteers or volunteer groups who would like to get involved may contact the Central Iowa RSVP volunteer center at 515.444.2390 or email marshalltowntornadovolunteers@gmail.com to learn more about available opportunities.

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