More Than $3 Million In Assistance Approved For Tornado Losses

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Release date: 
June 5, 2009
Release Number: 
1834-039

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- More than $3 million in emergency housing, other needs assistance, and low interest disaster loans have been approved for Arkansas residents in the four Individual Assistance declared counties, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today.

Grant checks have been approved for residents with homes affected by the storms and tornadoes that ravaged areas of Arkansas in Ashley, Miller, Polk and Sevier counties on April 9, through FEMA's Individuals & Households Program (IHP), along with SBA low interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners:

Housing Assistance Grants
257 Approved
$1,195,700

Other Needs Assistance Grants
159 Approved
$238,100

SBA Disaster Loans, Individual
36 Approved
$1,573,300

SBA Disaster Loans, Business
2 Approved
$163,300

Total $ Approved: $3,170,400

Mobile Home Units Occupied
3 Sevier, 27 Polk
30

Home Inspections Completed
573

Average Inspection Turnaround
2 days 7 hrs

"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 Mike Moore. "We 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.  When housing resources are exhausted in an area, FEMA will also provide temporary housing through the use of mobile homes.

"Meeting housing needs is one of our top priorities," added State Coordinating Officer Richard Griffin. "Getting people into safe and sanitary living quarters is important so they can begin focusing on cleaning up and repairing their homes."

To date, 893 residents have registered for disaster assistance in the four declared counties and 1,057 applicants visited the Disaster Recovery Centers operated in their respective counties:

County# registeredDRC visits

Ashley

 67

37

Miller

50

34

Polk

733

927

Sevier

43

59

Those affected by the storms and tornadoes may call FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), to register for federal and state disaster assistance for losses on April 9th.  The hearing- or speech-impaired may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Both numbers operate from 8 a.m. to midnight daily. An application can also be filed online, 24...

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