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

October 25, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Taxpayers affected by Hurricane Katrina now have until Feb. 28, 2006 to file tax returns and pay any taxes due following legislation approved by Congress and signed by the President, the Internal Revenue Service announced recently. The Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005 (H.R. 3768) postpones deadlines for affected taxpayers to file tax returns, pay taxes and perform other time-sensitive acts until Feb. 28, 2006. Taxpayers affected by the hurricane may be eligible for tax relief, regardless of where they live.
October 24, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Homeowners, renters and business owners whose applications for disaster assistance may have been denied following Hurricane Rita have the option to appeal the denial they received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A denial letter may not be the final word; it may just mean an applicant needs to give us more information, according to FEMA spokespersons. If you have questions about FEMA’s decision, you have 60 days to appeal.
October 22, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Applying for or receiving state and federal financial assistance to recover from a disaster will not cause elderly evacuees to sacrifice Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes or give up income-based benefit programs. Some older evacuees have expressed this concern in recent days, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
October 21, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) instructs victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to be cautious when applying for individual and housing assistance as fraudulent contractors and scam artists are not uncommon in the wake of disasters.
October 13, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- For the thousands of evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application is a vital step toward federal assistance. Applicants for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who receive an SBA loan application in their packet from FEMA must complete and return it - whether or not they want a loan.
October 12, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The City of Lake Charles and all but one community in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish have launched a permanent reentry plan for its citizens. Only the town of Vinton, La. remains on a “look and leave” status. Residents can call the City of Lake Charles information hotline at 337-491-1280 for more information. Temporary housing is available for those evacuees who return home to find that their home is not livable. Hospitals are operational for medical emergencies.

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