Assistance Surpasses $ Half A Million for Tornado Declaration

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April 21, 2006
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LITTLE ROCK, Ar. -- The first emergency housing and other needs assistance checks, totaling over $500,000, have been approved for Arkansas residents in the seven declared counties, officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) announced today.

The checks have been approved for residents with homes affected by the storms and tornadoes that ravaged areas of Arkansas in Conway, Cross, Fulton, Greene, Lawrence, Randolph and White counties the first three days of April, through FEMA’s Individuals & Households Program (IHP):

Housing Assistance Program

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Other Needs Assistance Program

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Total Inspections Completed



Average Inspection Turnaround


Under 2 Days

Under the IHP, there are two types of disaster assistance: the first provides temporary financial housing assistance, e.g., rental assistance or minimal home repair, or direct housing assistance in which case housing facilities are provided directly to those affected; the second – other needs assistance – provides financial aid for items such as essential personal property, medical, dental, funeral expenses, transportation and other storm-related expenses.

The IHP provides grants that do not have to be paid back. It is not designed to return those affected by the storms and tornadoes to their pre-disaster condition, but rather to provide a helping hand with their long-term recovery. Long-term recovery is best achieved through a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

If an individual has insurance, grants may help cover basic essential needs not covered under the insurance policy. Some disaster assistance does not have to be paid back, while other help may come in the form of loans.

“This assistance is an important step in the recovery process, and reflects our commitment to providing disaster aid as quickly as possible,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Carlos Mitchell. “In the weeks ahead, we will continue to work with our state, local and volunteer partners to help address the needs of Arkansas residents and businesses affected by the disaster.”

The Housing Assistance program provides grants to homeowners to make minor but necessary repairs for disaster-related damages. Also, grants for temporary rental assistance are available for both homeowners and renters.


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