LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Eight more Arkansas counties have been designated for federal disaster assistance for infrastructure repairs needed as a result of the spring storms, tornadoes and flooding, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Friday.
The latest amendment to the May 2 presidential disaster declaration for Arkansas adds Bradley, Jackson, Lee, Lonoke, Mississippi, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff counties to the list of 44 already set to receive federal aid under FEMA's Public Assistance program.
Public Assistance funds go to applicants - the state, state agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations - to clean up debris and/or repair infrastructure damaged as a result of a disaster. Under the program, FEMA obligates funds to the state for 75 percent of applicants' eligible costs, while the state and applicants share the remaining 25 percent.
"Damage to roads caused by the storms forced many Arkansans to travel well out of their way to get to jobs and schools," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. "Federal funds will help support the local communities that are working hard to clean up debris and make repairs to roads and other infrastructure."
"FEMA is pleased to partner with the state of Arkansas to get assistance dollars out to local governments to make their towns whole again," said Federal Coordinating Officer Nancy M. Casper. "We're eager to help Arkansas people and communities get back to normal as soon as possible."
More information about FEMA's Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.
Meanwhile, Arkansans in any of the 30 counties now designated for Individual Assistance under the disaster declaration should register with FEMA. They can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.