• Help Iowans navigate the legal ramifications of the derecho disaster

    A toll-free disaster legal advice hotline is now available to residents in Linn County impacted by the Aug. 10 derecho storm. This hotline is a partnership between Iowa Legal Aid, The Iowa State Bar Association, the ISBA Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Linn County Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project.

    The Derecho Legal Hotline is currently focused on storm victims with legal issues related to securing FEMA and other government benefits, insurance claims, home repair contracts, replacement of important legal documents destroyed in the disaster, consumer protection matters, landlord-tenant problems, business issues and more. The hotline phone number is 1-877-469-2259. Additional counties may be served by the hotline based on eligibility for FEMA individual assistance.

    Volunteer lawyers from a broad range of practice areas are needed to provide limited scope pro bono legal services. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact ISBA Director of Innovation and Outreach Virginia Sipes at, and indicate your practice areas in the email.