LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Less than a week after a presidential disaster declaration made assistance available in Franklin and Johnson counties, more than $650,000 in state and federal funds has been approved to help eligible survivors get back on their feet.
In fact, within 24 hours of the July 8 declaration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had approved its first Individual Assistance grant for more than $23,000 and opened disaster centers in both counties. Community Relations staff canvassed neighborhoods, offering advice and support to survivors even as housing inspectors began to evaluate damage to homes and properties in the two counties.
"FEMA has worked closely with us to make sure eligible survivors receive assistance as swiftly as possible," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. "These grants are building blocks in the recovery process that allow people to restore their homes and get on with their lives."
More than 60 survivors already have received Individual Assistance grants to begin their recovery from the storm and tornadoes.
"FEMA was able to react quickly because survivors in the two counties heeded the call to register," said W. Michael Moore, the Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer. "The more than 280 Arkansans who've registered so far have taken the first step to establishing eligibility to tap both state and federal resources for disaster survivors."
Residents in Johnson and Franklin counties can register by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362, or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; multilingual operators are available. Or they can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via a web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov.
FEMA also has a number of social media outlets to permit anyone to follow developments in the Arkansas disaster recovery. Find FEMA tweets about recovery efforts at www.twitter.com/femaregion6. Other online resources include blog.fema.gov, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.
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.