Tornado related Relief Information

If you were affected by the tornado that came through Marshalltown, IA on July 19, 2018, here is some information about disaster relief and resources available to the community. If you have a resource or service to add to this page, or if changes need to be made, please contact Katie Fink at 641-754-5738 ext. 2 or


Si usted fue afectado(a) por el tornado que llegó a Marshalltown, IA el 19 de julio del 2018, aquí hay información sobre el alivio de desastres y los recursos disponibles para la comunidad.

Update: January 19, 2019

Marshall County Department of Human Services (DHS) Office Reopens

The Marshall County Department of Human Services (DHS) office at 206 W State St was temporarily closed as a result of damage from the July 2018 tornado. The building has been reopened and staff have returned to this office effective January 14, 2019.

The main entrance to the building remains under construction. Until the main entrance is reopened, the public can access DHS services or staff via a temporary entrance located at 204 ½ West State Street in Marshalltown. This is the former reception area for the Child Support Recovery Office located to the east of the main entrance.

The phone number to the Marshall County DHS office remains unchanged. The public can access DHS services or reach field staff in this office by dialing 641-752-6741.

Page last updated on: December 19, 2018


WIC Clinic (MICA)

The WIC clinic in Marshalltown, through Mid-Iowa Community Action was hit by the tornado.  Luckily there were no participant or staff injuries. They will be holding their WIC clinic at their administrative office building in Marshalltown 1001 S. 18th Ave. in Marshalltown. Their clinic number is being re-routed to the administrative office building (1-800-390-5293, 641-753-4816).


La clínica WIC en Marshalltown, a través de Mid-Iowa Community Action fue golpeada por el tornado.  Afortunadamente no hubo lesiones de participantes o del personal.  Llevarán a cabo su clínica de WIC en su edificio de oficinas administrativas en Marshalltown 1001 S. 18th Ave. en Marshalltown. El número de su clínica está siendo redirigido al edificio de la oficina administrativa (1-800-390-5293, 641-753-4816). Parece que pudieron recuperar la mayoría de su equipo.

Project VALOR

The City of Marshalltown and FEMA are working together to fund materials for emergency home repairs as a result of the July 19th tornado.  The materials are then installed on the home by volunteer organizations.  If your home was damaged by the tornado, and you need repairs completed, please complete the form below. You may also go directly to the Housing & Community Development Department at 36 N. Center Street to complete the application paperwork.


For additional information please call 641-754-6583.

Region 6 Planning Commission

The Region 6 Housing Trust Fund has funding available for emergency housing repair assistance to homes that were affected by the July 19 tornado in Marshalltown. Assistance may be able to cover the cost of emergency repairs, including improvements to roofing, siding, windows, soffits and fascia. With our limited funds, we may prioritize essential improvements like roofing. No funding is available for personal property items or rental housing. Eligible properties must be owner-occupied, and households must meet certain income requirements in order to qualify for the program. To find out more information and an application, visit the Region 6 Planning Commission website.

emergency repair businesses

The City Council has made a requirement for businesses offering repairs to homes and businesses due to damage caused by the July 19, 2018, tornado, to complete an application and register as an “Emergency Repair Business.”

There is no fee. The recently passed Ordinance requires businesses to be registered State of Iowa Contractors and hold Commercial General Liability Insurance in at least $1,000,000. In addition, individuals soliciting repair work must have license cards plainly visible on anyone, who, on behalf of the contractor, are soliciting work from the City of Marshalltown or any resident in the City of Marshalltown requiring the repair of, demolition of, and/or reconstruction of property in the City of Marshalltown which work is necessitated as a result of damage done by the July 19, 2018, tornado.

Completed applications may be submitted via email to Please include a signed application and valid certificate of insurance. Office hours are 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

For a copy of the ordinance, application or to view applications for licensed businesses please visit the City of Marshalltown website

For more information call 641-754-5701 or email


FEMA has granted public assistance for the July 19 tornado event in Marshall County. Public assistance provides funds to local and county governments and certain nonprofit organizations. FEMA denied individual and business assistance for the July 19 tornado. To learn more about the differences between public and individual assistance, please go here.

financial assistance for businesses

Small Business Association Loans

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.61 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for property damage is Sept. 28, 2018. The deadline to apply for economic injury is April 30, 2019.

SBA Loan Fact Sheet

SBA Loan Fact Sheet in Español

Three Ways to Apply for SBA/Tres Maneras De Aplicar A SBA

City Services/SErvicios de la ciudad

City Hall services have returned to their building at 24 N Center St. They will reopen at 1:00 p.m. on Friday August 24th.

Los servicios del ayuntamiento han regresado a su edificio en 24 N. Center St. Volverán a abrir a la 1:00 p.m. el viernes 24 de agosto.

community assessments

AmeriCorps workers will be going through the tornado-impacted area to assess needs of households affected by the tornado. For more information, please see this press release.

Tornado Resource Information



Following the tornado that hit Marshalltown the Marshalltown Police Department is warning citizens to be aware of scams.

While most contractors coming to help Marshalltown are reputable, some will not be. The Department offers the following tips to protect yourself from scams

• Research the business-Obtain the contractor’s name, address, and telephone number. Check with the Better Business Bureau, conduct a basic internet search and ask for references.
• Get several estimates and be cautious of a contractor who quotes a price drastically less than others.
• Do not make large payments in advance, be wary of contractors who ask you to sign over your insurance check or ask you to establish a line of credit with a local lumber store.
• Insist on a written contract detailing the costs, the work to be done, the starting and ending dates and any verbal promises made by the contractors.
• Consider paying with a credit card as this may give you greater protections to dispute unauthorized charges, which paying with cash does not.

If a contractor’s promises seem too good to be true, they probably are. If you believe you have been scammed, please call the Department as soon as possible at 641-754-5725 as this will give us a better chance to prevent further scams and apprehend those responsible.

Luego del tornado que azotó a Marshalltown el Departamento de Policía de Marshalltown está advirtiendo a los ciudadanos que estén al tanto de las estafas.

Aunque la mayoría de los contratistas que vienen a ayudar a Marshalltown son de buena reputación, algunos no lo serán. El Departamento ofrece los siguientes consejos para protegerse de las estafas

  • Investigue el negocio: obtenga el nombre, la dirección y el número de teléfono del contratista. Consulte con el Better Business Bureau, realice una búsqueda básica en Internet y solicite referencias.
  • Obtenga varias estimaciones y tenga cuidado con un contratista que cotiza un precio drásticamente menor que otros.
  • No realice grandes pagos por adelantado, desconfíe de los contratistas que le piden que firme el cheque de su aseguranza o solicite que establezca una línea de crédito con una maderera local.
  • Insistir en un contrato escrito detallando los costos, el trabajo a realizar, las fechas de inicio y finalización y cualquier promesa verbal hecha por los contratistas.
  • Considere pagar con una tarjeta de crédito ya que esto puede brindarle mayores protecciones para disputar los cargos no autorizados, lo que no ocurre con el pago en efectivo.

Si las promesas de un contratista parecen demasiado buenas para ser ciertas, probablemente lo sean. Si cree que ha sido estafado, llame al Departamento lo antes posible al 641-754-5725, ya que esto nos dará una mejor oportunidad de prevenir estafas adicionales y detener a los responsables.

County Courthouse

Marshall County Courthouse will be Closed beginning July 20, 2018 until further notice due to the July 19th tornado. 

 Most Marshall County Offices are now located at the Great Western Bank, 11 North 1st Ave, Marshalltown on the Second Floor or Basement from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – North Entrance

  • Assessor’s Office – 2nd Floor
  • Auditor/Recorder’s Office – 2nd Floor
  • Board of Supervisor’s Office – 2nd Floor
  • Central Iowa Community Services/Marshall County General Assistance – Basement
  • Planning & Zoning – 2nd Floor
  • Treasurer’s Office – Motor Vehicle – 2nd Floor – New Location 8/23/18
  • Treasurer’s Office – Property Tax Payments – 2nd Floor

The Public Notice Bulletin Boards are also at this location just inside the North Doors.

 Mailing Address will continue to be 1 E Main St, Marshalltown, IA  50158 

Please see specific information regarding the office you need below.  Note: phone systems are currently not all operational but we are working to get these restored as quickly as possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.  Please watch for future press releases and our website for updates at

Attorney’s Office operations are continuing in the Courthouse, however, this office will not be open to the public.  The County Attorney’s Office can be reached by phone at 641-754-6314 for questions or to schedule an appointment to be held offsite.

Information Technology and GIS operations are continuing in the Courthouse, however, these offices will not be open to the public

Marshall County Courts Temporary Relocation 

  • District Criminal and Civil Courts; District Associate Court and Juvenile Courts; the Marshall County Clerk of Court and Cashier are now operating out of the Max Building at 101 South 1st Avenue. Fines and other court financial obligations may be paid online at or with the Cashier beginning August 29, 2018.
  •  Magistrate Court, Substance Abuse, Mental Health Commitments and Small Claims Proceedings will remain at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at 2369 Jessup Ave, Marshalltown, IA  50158 until further notice. (Note: This is 8 miles west of Marshalltown just off highway 30).
  •   Questions: The following temporary phone numbers are available for information about court proceedings or other court business:
    •  Clerk of District Court
      • Criminal Division-641-481-6870
      • Civil Division-641-481-6860
    • Jury Message Line-641-754-1606
    • Juvenile Court-641-481-6869
    •  District Court-641-481-1219
    • District Associate Court-641-481-0715
    • Juvenile Court Services in Marshall County call 641-753-3481, please check with your Juvenile Court Officer in regards to any court hearing.


All property demolition requires a Demolition Permit and must follow the Demolition Permit Requirements Please complete the application packet, indicate scope of work (demolish) and submit it to the Building Division which is temporarily located in the Marshalltown Public Library Community Meeting Room.

All contractors must register as an Emergency Repair Contractor.

Commercial buildings MUST have an asbestos clearance report as part of the demolition process. For a list of certified asbestos contractors visit the State of Iowa Workforce Development website.

For additional information related to asbestos or to report a violation visit the Iowa DNR website.

Demolition debris should NOT be placed on the curb for pick-up. It is the responsibility of the contractor/property owner to properly dispose of all debris. For disposal information you may contact the Marshall County Landfill at 641-752-0646.

department of human services (DHS)

The Marshalltown office of the Iowa Department of Human Services suffered extensive storm damage on July 19. DHS personnel are working out of the Waterloo office. Marshalltown/Marshall County residents needing DHS service can call 641-752-6741.


St. Mary’s Hispanic Ministry

St. Mary’s Hispanic Ministry has started a fund that will be earmarked for some local families who have experienced much loss and damage and may not qualify for other funding sources. Help will be provided to anyone regardless of denomination, faith, or ethnicity.  Please send checks to: St. Mary’s Hispanic Ministry, 107 South First Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158; please note “tornado” in the memo line. An application process for those needing help from this fund will be announced soon.

El Ministerio Hispano de St. Mary’s

El Ministerio Hispano de St. Mary’s ha comenzado un fondo que se destinará a familias locales que han sufrido muchas pérdidas y daños y que posiblemente no califiquen para otras fuentes de asistencia financiera. Se brindará ayuda a cualquier persona independientemente de su denominación o fe, etnicidad o estatus migratorio. Envíe cheques al: Ministerio Hispano de St. Mary, 107 South First Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158; escriba ‘Tornado’ o ‘Alivio de Desastres’ en la línea de memo. Próximamente se anunciará un proceso de solicitud para aquellos que necesiten ayuda de este fondo.

Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA)

Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) is accepting donations for individuals and families needing assistance following Thursday’s tornado. Donate online:

Marshalltown Area United Way

The Marshalltown Area United Way is accepting donations for individuals and families needing assistance. Find out more on their website:

Community Foundation of Marshall County

The Rebuild Marshalltown Fund has been established by the Community Foundation of Marshall County  to fund the long-term rebuilding efforts and community needs in Marshalltown. Donations can be made online:

Marshalltown Central Business District

Those interested in donating specifically to rebuilding the Marshalltown Central Business District can donate:

Mental health

Center Associates

As the events of the 19th start to set in, should you feel the need to visit with someone or seek counseling, Center Associates is offering same-day appointments to those directly impacted by the storm. They can be reached by calling (641) 752-1585.

Lifelong Links

For seniors 60+, call 866-468-7887.

Triumph Recovery Center

The Triumph Recovery Center is temporarily operating out of the Central Christian Church (300 West Main Street). Their hours are Monday-Friday, 12-4 p.m.

Placarding of Residential Properties

September 14-20 the City placarded 53 residential properties that were identified as having structural damage by a Structural Engineer working on behalf of the City. Packets were posted which contained information about resources, which may be available to property owners. The following information was included/posted. Property owners with questions or status updates should contact the Housing & Community Development Department at 641-754-5756.

Residential Packet – Placarded Properties


RSVP of Central Iowa is now assisting with volunteer management for the July 19 storm event.

Call the United Way office in Marshalltown at 1-866-469-2211 if you would like to volunteer, or want to request volunteer help.

You can also request volunteer help through this link:

Churches and Other Volunteer Individuals and Agencies:

If you are a group that has had volunteers in the disaster recovery, it is very important to keep records of who, how many volunteers, how many hours they volunteered and what days (dates). When you have these records, email them to (just scan and send) or mail an copy to Marshall County Emergency Management, 2389 Jessup Avenue, Marshalltown 50247

These records are kept for the purpose or keeping track of all volunteer hours. This will help with showing the state and FEMA (if they become involved) how many hours we have in volunteering, this all adds up to help our community! It is SO VERY IMPORTANT!

If you are registered through Red Cross or RSVP at the High School, they are tracking your hours.

Just a piece of paper with: Name, Group name, number of volunteers, time spent volunteering, what they were doing (cleaning up debris, feeding other volunteers, etc.) and the date.

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