I felt like I was living the movie Twister. Monday, March 6th was about as close to a tornado I ever want to be. I live in Muscatine.

I was woken up by the storm sirens at about 9pm (I get up at 4am everyday). I flipped on the TV to see what was going on turning from station to station to see what was going on. There's a tornado in Muscatine. I thought "I should take cover, but I live on the 2nd floor of a apartment. Where should I go?" The best place is to the main floor, but it has doors and windows. I did what every person in my situation would do...I ran to the window and opened the blinds. Good idea, huh?

Fortunately for me, it was just really windy. Reports say there was a EF-2 tornado that hit downtown Muscatine. Another report came in this morning that Gov. Terry Brandstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Muscatine, Scott, Wayne, and Appanoose counties in Iowa.

According to WQAD "The proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the damage created by the storm. It also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for qualifying residents of the four counties. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing and food, and the expense of temporary housing."

Grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website.