LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More Arkansans could be eligible for state and federal grants and loans as a result of an official change in the dates of the spring disaster, officials with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Thursday.
As a result of a request from the state of Arkansas, FEMA has amended the disaster declaration for the storms, tornadoes and flooding, changing the start date to April 14. The incident period ended June 3.
"This means we'll be able to get money to eligible Arkansans who were affected by the severe weather and tornadoes that started April 14," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. "We're already letting people know that financial help could now be available to them."
"The good news is that many Arkansans affected by the severe weather earlier in April have already registered with FEMA, so we can act immediately to determine whether they're eligible for assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Nancy M. Casper. "Those who haven't yet registered should do so as soon as possible. We want to help."
FEMA also recently granted the state's request to extend by one month the period for Arkansas individuals and families in 30 designated counties to register with the agency. Registration is the first step to aid for eligible homeowners, renters and business owners under FEMA's Individual Assistance program.
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration may also be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and which do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
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.
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.