LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The process of applying for federal disaster assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, restoration and replacement of public facilities damaged in the wake of the January 21 tornadoes has begun for the city of Beebe, for Pulaski County and state agencies, and for Saline County.
Briefings on federal public assistance programs are scheduled for local officials, and damage inspection teams are ready to go into the field, according to a joint announcement from David Maxwell, state coordinating officer, and Graham Nance, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort.
To assist public agencies in applying for funding, Maxwell said briefings have been scheduled to explain in detail the procedures to follow when applying for federal disaster assistance in the recovery efforts of local communities.
Briefings will be held at the following times and locations:
- The Beebe meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 4, in the City Hall Court Room.
- The meeting for Pulaski County and state agencies will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, February 5, in the Game and Fish Commission Building, 1 Natural Resource Road, Little Rock.
- The Saline County meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 5, in the Saline County Office of Emergency Services, 102 South Main Street, Benton.
With the Presidential disaster declaration, affected local governments in these counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance to fund 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repairing, restoring or replacing damaged public facilities. Saline and White counties have qualified for 100 percent federal funding for debris removal.
Disaster assistance also may be provided to repair, restore and replace facilities owned by certain private non-profit organizations that operate and maintain educational, utility, emergency, medical, custodial care and other essential governmental service facilities. The city of Beebe has qualified for 100 percent federal payment for temporary classrooms.