WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Arkansas to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and associated flooding beginning on April 23, 2011, and continuing.
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Benton, Clay, Faulkner, Garland, Lincoln, Pulaski, Randolph, and Saline counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the counties of Benton, Clay, Faulkner, Garland, Lincoln, Pulaski, Randolph, and Saline for emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Nancy M. Casper has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Casper said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed in the affected areas.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
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