LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Federal disaster aid approved for individuals and businesses in Arkansans, affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred March 18 through April 28, has reached $15.7 million, state and federal disaster-recovery officials said today. Assistance for local and state agencies and certain nonprofit agencies has reached $2 million.
Following is a summary of state and federal disaster recovery information through close of business May 29.
- More than 12,300 individuals and households have applied for disaster assistance.?
- $8.5 million in Housing Assistance has been approved for rental or temporary lodging and housing repair.
- $1.3 million in Other Needs Assistance has been approved for personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
- 7,013 home inspections have been completed.
- 4,247 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have been made by disaster-affected residents seeking recovery information.
- Public Assistance grants totaling $2 million have been obligated to date in response to Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) from public entities (counties, cities, and private, non-profit organizations that provide essential public services).
- The SBA has approved $5.9 million in low-interest disaster loans to Arkansas residents and businesses. The SBA provides low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes that suffered damage from the March and April severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
Individuals who have become unemployed as a direct result of the March and April severe storms, flooding and tornadoes may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). So far, 51 applications for DUA have been received with funding of $17,164. Deadlines for DUA in Arkansas counties are the following:
- Residents in Arkansas, Desha, Hempstead, Poinsett and Van Buren counties must file by June 4.
- Residents of Perry County must file by June 26.
Community relations specialists are in disaster-declared areas making final visits to county officials. They have visited 2,290 homes and talked with more than 3,100 affected residents.
Arkansans who live in Arkansas, Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Cleburne, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Cross, Desha, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Greene, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Marion, Miller, Monroe, Newton, Perry, Phillips, Poinsett, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Francis, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell counties who suffered damages and who have? not registered yet, may call: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or ??(TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Applicants also can register online at www.fema.gov.
The deadline to register for assistance is June 27 for the March and April severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.