Little Rock, AR -- Disaster recovery agencies have committed $43.7 million to date to help Arkansas recover from December's ice storms.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated $30.2 million in disaster assistance to Arkansas under the Public Assistance Program. The program gets financial help quickly to local and county governments and certain non-profit agencies covered under a Presidential disaster declaration. The funds are distributed by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM).
Other totals, as of the close of business February 22, 2001:
FEMA has issued $7,891,939 in disaster housing assistance checks to 8,862 residents. These are grants to assist individuals and families whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed by the December ice storms.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 653 loans for homeowners, renters and businesses totaling $4,064,600.
- State disaster relief officials have approved payment of 1,426 checks totaling $1,309,888 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 Arkansas Department of Employment Security has approved disaster unemployment claims totaling $236,144 to 705 applicants.
- FEMA has received 38,832 individual applications for disaster assistance.
Individuals, families and businesses in the designated 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. For the speech and hearing impaired, the number is 800-462-7585.
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 is 800-462-7585. The Helpline and registration line are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.