Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
February 28, 2006
Little Rock, Ark. -- The last day for individuals affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to apply for initial disaster assistance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is March 11, 2006. This is also the deadline to submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Individuals, families and business owners affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita should not hesitate to apply for disaster aid if they have not already done so.
February 2, 2006
LITTLE ROCK , Ark. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reminding hurricane victims that have not already registered for FEMA assistance programs to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) -- TTY 1-800-462-7585 -- or go online at www.fema.gov . The agency's call centers continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days-a-week.
January 27, 2006
LITTLE ROCK , Ark.-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is continuing its aggressive outreach to encourage all Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees still living in hotels and motels paid for by FEMA to obtain an authorization code by the January 30, 2006 deadline. Additional FEMA operators will be available over the final weekend before the deadline, and lines will continue to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are also available to take calls.
January 23, 2006
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- With a week to go, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees who are still living in hotel/motel rooms across the country paid for by FEMA that they must request an authorization code by Monday, January 30, 2006 in order to have their hotel stay paid for beyond February 7, 2006.
December 29, 2005
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees now have an additional 60 days in which to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
December 20, 2005
LITTLE ROCK, Ark -- Hurricane Katrina victims seeking federal temporary housing assistance do not need to complete a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application to be considered for such assistance.
December 7, 2005
LITTLE ROCK, Ark . -- Special mapping technology being used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected to expedite the distribution of disaster assistance for thousands of Louisiana residents whose homes were damaged during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
November 22, 2005
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- People who are unemployed because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have less than two weeks to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Officials urge those in need of disaster-related employment assistance to contact their state of residence department of labor before the Nov. 30 deadline. The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program extends income compensation to people who otherwise would be ineligible for unemployment compensation, such as farmers and self-employed individuals who are out of work as a result of the disasters.
November 21, 2005
By R. David Paulison 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
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.