Little Rock, AR -- Disaster recovery agencies have committed more than $26.9 million to date to help Arkansas recover from December's ice storms.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $19 million in disaster assistance to Arkansas as part of the Public Assistance Program's Immediate Needs Funding (INF). The program gets financial help quickly to communities covered under a Presidential disaster declaration. The funds are distributed by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM).
Other totals, effective as of the close of business Wednesday, February 7, 2001:
FEMA has issued more than $5.8 million in disaster housing assistance checks to 6,798 residents. The program provides grants to individuals and families whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed by the December ice storms.
- State disaster relief officials have approved payment of 885 checks totaling $793,647 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.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 216 loans for homeowners, renters and businesses totaling $1,270,500.
- The Arkansas Department of Employment Security has approved disaster unemployment claims totaling $35,803 to 286 applicants.
- FEMA has received 36,109 individual applications for disaster assistance.
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 before the February 27 deadline.
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 both for registration and for questions about applications is 800-462-7585. These lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.