LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- More than $23 million in state and federal disaster aid is racing toward thousands of eligible individuals and families in Arkansas, state and federal officials said Friday.
Arkansans are rebuilding following a presidential disaster declaration on May 2, and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are striving to help eligible Arkansans recover.
"All around us, Arkansans are actively rebuilding and resuming lives that were disrupted by the storms, tornadoes and flooding. This $23 million in state and federal disaster aid will help speed their recovery," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell.
As of June 10, disaster assistance approved for Arkansas includes:
$14,657,945 in Housing Assistance
$2,678,637 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA)
$5,036,000 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans
$638,000 in Public Assistance (PA)
$23,010,582 in Total Disaster Assistance
Meanwhile, more than 8,900 Arkansans had registered for disaster aid as of Friday.
"Arkansas survivors deserve all the credit for taking their recovery in hand," said Federal Coordinating Nancy M. Casper. "Registering for assistance is one of the keys to the recovery process. We urge the state's survivors to register now if they haven't already. We want to help."
Uninsured or underinsured Arkansans with disaster-related housing and personal-loss needs may be eligible for the Housing Assistance and the ONA programs. Home and business owners and some nonprofit agencies may qualify for a disaster-related low-interest loan from SBA.
Arkansans can register for assistance 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 phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week, and multilingual operators are available.
The Arkansas National Guard received $360,000 PA support for its costs while protecting Arkansans and their property during the disaster. The remaining $278,000 in PA grant money went to Garland County for expedited debris removal.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is the state's homeland security and preparedness agency. The agency works to identify and lessen the effects of emergencies, disasters and threats to Arkansas by developing effective prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery actions for all disasters and emergencies. For additional information, contact ADEM at (501) 683-6700 or visit the website at www.adem.arkansas.gov