LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State and federal officials announce that nearly a million dollars in disaster aid has been approved for residents in Ashley, Miller, Polk, and Sevier counties who are recovering from the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9.
Recovery summary information is as follows:
- $722,000 is approved to help disaster-affected Arkansans with temporary housing and home repairs.
- $146,000 is approved for the repair or replacement of personal property, transportation, medical, dental and funeral expenses.
- $103,000 is approved for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for homeowners. SBA loans are the largest source of disaster funds for making substantial repairs or rebuilding damaged structures to their pre-disaster condition. Actual loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition. The low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters and business owners.
- 1,500 homes were visited by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Community Relations (CR) specialists. They have talked with more than 1,200 residents and visited 250 businesses. CR has shared recovery information with faith-based and community-based organizations in the disaster-affected counties. Specialists assisted residents in Ashley County without telephone service register for assistance by using FEMA cell phones.
- 811 residents registered for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number: 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Lines are open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight until further notice. Multilingual operators are also available. Online registration can be done at www.fema.gov or www.disasterassistance.gov
- 724 people visited Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to talk face to face with recovery specialists, get help filling out an SBA loan application and check the status of their applications. DRCs are at the following locations:
Polk County (open until further notice)
St. Agnes Catholic Church Parish Hall
207 N. 8th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and Memorial Day, May 25.
Ashley County (closing at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 19)
Meridian Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
4593 Ashley St.
Crossett, AR 71635
Fri./Sat., May 15-16 noon to 6 p.m.
Monday, May 18 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 19 9 a.m. closing at 6 p.m.
- 408 damage inspections are complete. Those who are waiting for an inspector to come are reminded to keep their appointments.
- 105 residents have received free information from FEMA mitigation specialists on how to rebuild using disaster-resistant techniques. These specialists are at several local building supply stores throughout the disaster area.
- People living or working in Ashley, Miller, Polk and Sevier counties whose jobs have been affected by recent severe storms may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
DUA claims may be filed at the f...