Little Rock, AR -- Only one week remains for Arkansans who suffered damage in the December ice storms to register for disaster assistance.
Renters, homeowners and business owners in the designated counties who suffered damage from the December ice storms can call FEMA at 800-462-9029 to register by Tuesday, February 27. They may be eligible for grants to help pay for temporary housing, minor home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
Those who have questions about their applications can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-525-0321. For the speech and hearing impaired, the number both for registration and for questions about applications is 800-462-7585. The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Other disaster-related deadlines:
- Local and county governments and private non-profit organizations in Baxter, Boone, Cleburne and Sharp counties have until Wednesday, February 21, to submit their Requests for Public Assistance.
- People who temporarily lost jobs because of the ice storms, and who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits, can apply to their local Arkansas Employment Security Department offices for disaster unemployment assistance. The deadline for this program has expired in most counties, but applicants can still apply through February 28 in Cleburne, Fulton, Greene, Marion and Stone counties.
- The federal agreement to pay 90 percent of the cost of debris removal (rather than the usual 75 percent) has been extended through April 28. Removal is carried out by state and local governments.