LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --Arkansans in Ashley, Miller, Polk and Sevier counties who were affected by the April 9 severe storms and tornadoes have only one month left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible state and federal disaster assistance.
May 26 marks the halfway point in the 60-day registration period. Registrations cannot be accepted after the June 26, 2009 deadline.
Recovery officials urge residents and business owners with disaster-related damage in the four-county designated disaster area to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to register. The number for those with speech and hearing impairments is 1-800-462-7585. Lines are open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight.
"Registration keeps open the possibility of a wide range of assistance," said Mike Moore who is heading up the federal recovery operations. "If your insurance coverage comes up short, you need to be registered for us to help."
There is no need to delay registering because you're waiting for an insurance settlement. Registration does not obligate anyone to accept aid if, for any reason, they decide against it.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.