Arkansas Hurricane Katrina (EM-3215)

Incident period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005
Emergency Declaration declared on September 2, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 21, 2005
News Release
In order to best help individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, I’d like to clarify several misconceptions about FEMA’s efforts to assist victims presently located in hotels in Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. As of December 1, FEMA will discontinue its short term housing program; however, evacuees may still use other FEMA grants to stay in those hotels.
November 16, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Hurricane evacuees are reminded that they must complete and submit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan form included in the information packet they receive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after registering for assistance. Completing the SBA loan application is required for all applicants.
November 14, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging families to actively seek long-term housing. More than two months after the first of three catastrophic hurricanes hit the U.S. Gulf Coast region, hundreds of evacuees have made the choice they all face: selecting communities in which to reside as they rebuild their lives. A survey being conducted statewide by FEMA service teams suggests about 1,723 evacuees remain in hotels and motels.
November 2, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises using caution when applying for individual and housing assistance as fraudulent contractors and scam artists are common following disasters. It is not uncommon to be taken unaware by someone claiming to be an official disaster aid worker, reputable contractor or a volunteer wanting to help complete disaster aid applications. Those who suffered losses resulting from the hurricanes need to be aware of some common ploys, such as phone calls from people claiming to be with FEMA.
November 1, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- For survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, the deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance has been extended to January 11, 2006. To apply for disaster assistance, survivors should call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. They may also register online at www.fema.gov.
October 27, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Displaced residents of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana who lost their jobs due to the recent hurricanes may be able to claim disaster unemployment benefits even if they are not normally eligible for state unemployment compensation. Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) extends income compensation to self-employed people, farm workers, people who have worked for only a few weeks, and others who have lost earned income or whose income has been interrupted as a result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States.

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