LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Federal and state assistance has topped $30 million to Arkansans stricken by the storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state April 14 - June 3, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In the two months following the May 2 presidential disaster declaration, $30,077,426 has been approved or obligated. The total includes grants for Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance to eligible residents, low-cost loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and reimbursements from FEMA's Public Assistance program.
"The $30 million we've managed to move into the hands of eligible Arkansans attests to the partnership between Arkansas and FEMA," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. "The recovery mission is going strong."
FEMA and ADEM provided the following breakdown in current assistance levels:
|$3,150,683||Other Needs Assistance|
|$9,110,500||SBA low-interest disaster loans|
|$20,691||Disaster Unemployment Assistance|
"Helping Arkansans affected by the spring storms is our top priority," said Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer W. Michael Moore. "To have hit nearly $30.1 million at the two-month mark means Arkansas is that much closer to recovering from these devastating storms."
As of July 5, more than 9,800 individuals and families had registered with FEMA in the 37 counties designated for Individual Assistance grants. The deadline for registering is August 1. To register for assistance or check on the status of a registration, go online to www.disasterassistance.gov, via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. FEMA phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to midnight local time seven days a week; multilingual operators are available.
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.