Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Benton, Butler, Mahaska and Tama counties. This is in response to the ongoing flooding and severe weather beginning June 26, 2014.

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.

In addition, today’s proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Tama County.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level (, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website

Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Back to School for Adults: Hawkeye to Host Workshop

Hawkeye Community College is offering a free Opportunities Workshop to assist with information and the opportunities of going to college for adult students. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 23, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in Buchanan Hall, Advanced Technology and Business Center. The college is located at 1501 East Orange Road in Waterloo.

The topic is “Back to School Planning for Adults”. This workshop is designed for those who are thinking about attending college in the fall. Participants will explore programs, learn admissions and financial aid steps, tour campus, and get answers to questions.

Hawkeye offers more than 50 career and transfer programs, including certificate and diploma programs that can be earned in as little as one semester. The college also offers flexible scheduling options including evening, online, and hybrid classes. For more information, contact Jason Streed at 319-296-4000.