Little Rock, AR -- The ongoing disaster assistance for the December ice storms in Arkansas has topped $22.5 million.
The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts as of the close of business, Thursday, February 1, 2001:
- FEMA has issued more than $5 million in disaster housing assistance checks to 6,092 residents. The program provides grants to individuals and families whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed by the December ice storms.
- FEMA has received 34,137 individual applications for disaster assistance.
- FEMA has obligated more than $17.5 million in disaster assistance to Arkansas as part of the Public Assistance Program's Immediate Needs Funding (INF). These funds are designed to get immediate financial help to communities covered under a Presidential disaster declaration. They are distributed through the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM).
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 113 loans for homeowners, renters and businesses totaling $564,200.
- State disaster relief officials have approved payment of 841 checks totaling $741,325 to help people meet serious disaster-related needs and necessary expenses not covered by other disaster assistance programs or insurance. This program is funded 75 percent by FEMA and 25 percent by the state.
Individuals, families and businesses in the declared counties who suffered damage from the December ice storms should call FEMA at the toll-free number, 800-462-9029 to register.
Once registered, residents can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-525-0321 if they have questions about their applications. For the speech and hearing impaired, the number for both registration and questions about applications is 800-462-7585. These lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.