LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Two more Arkansas counties have been designated for federal disaster assistance for debris cleanup and infrastructure repairs needed as a result of the April 14-June 3 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 Craighead and Pulaski counties to the list of 56 already set to receive the full range of federal aid under FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program. Pulaski County had been designated previously to receive assistance for protective measures only.
PA 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. PA dollars also help reimburse local governments for their costs to take measures before, during and after the storms to protect lives and property.
Under the PA program, FEMA obligates funds to the state for 75 percent of applicants' eligible costs, while the state and applicants share the remaining 25 percent.
"FEMA's share of the costs will really help the communities in 58 counties that are working hard to clean up debris and make repairs to their infrastructure," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell.
"Getting assistance dollars to Arkansas's local governments helps the whole state begin to recover from the disaster," said Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer W. Michael Moore. "We're pleased to be able to respond positively to the state's request."
More information about FEMA's Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.
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.