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Disaster Assistance Passes $2.3 Million Mark

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May 29, 2009
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- More than $2.3 million 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, according to federal and state disaster officials.

Recovery information is as follows:

  • $1.054 million has been approved to help disaster-affected Arkansans with temporary housing and home repairs.

  • $1.035 million has been approved for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for homeowners. The low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters and business owners. SBA loans are the largest source of disaster funds for making substantial repairs or rebuilding damaged structures to their pre-disaster condition. ?

  • $213,400 has been approved to address serious need losses, such as the repair or replacement of personal property, transportation, medical, dental and funeral expenses.

  • 1,549 homes were visited by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Community Relations (CR) specialists. During their rounds, they spoke with more than 1,700 residents and visited 422 businesses. CR has shared recovery information with faith-based and community-based organizations in the disaster-affected counties.

  • 958 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 or

  • 1,017 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. The last DRC, in Polk County, closed at 6 p.m. on May 29, 2009.
    Applicants may continue to receive help and answers to their questions by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. The speech- and hearing-impaired may call 1-800-462-7585.

  • 537 residents received free information from FEMA mitigation specialists on how to rebuild using disaster-resistant techniques.

  • 546 damage inspections are complete. Those who are scheduled for an inspection are reminded to keep their appointments.

  • 27 temporary housing units are being placed in Polk County. Three more are being set up in Sevier County to assist those displaced by the tornadoes. FEMA and the state implement this type of temporary housing as a last resort when rental properties are non-existent.

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 man-made disasters.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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