LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State and federal assistance for two active disaster recovery missions in Arkansas has almost reached $34 million, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Since the May 2 presidential disaster declaration designating 37 counties eligible for Individual Assistance and 58 counties for Public Assistance, $32,978,082 has been approved or obligated. That includes grants for Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance to eligible residents, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and reimbursements from FEMA's Public Assistance program.
FEMA and ADEM provided the following breakdown in current assistance levels for the counties stricken by storms, tornadoes and floods between April 14 and June 3:
|Other Needs Assistance||$3,307,952|
|SBA low-interest disaster loans||$10,742,300|
|Disaster Unemployment Assistance||$36,969|
In addition, $826,054 has been approved for survivors in Franklin and Johnson counties, which received a separate declaration July 8 for storms, tornadoes and floods that occurred May 24-26.
"The millions of recovery dollars have enabled thousands of Arkansans to move ahead with their lives," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. "We urge those who haven't registered yet to do so right away. We want everyone who is eligible for assistance to get it."
As of July 18, more than 10,000 individuals and families had registered with FEMA in the 37 counties designated for Individual Assistance grants under the May 2 declaration. Residents of those counties have just two weeks left to register with FEMA before the August 1 deadline.
In Franklin and Johnson counties, more than 300 survivors have registered with FEMA. Residents in those two counties have until Sept. 6 to register.
To register for assistance or check on the status of a registration, residents can 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 10 p.m. seven days a week; multilingual operators are available.
"We are seeing Arkansans making progress all across the stricken areas, thanks to the assistance they've gotten from the state, FEMA and the SBA," said Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer W. Michael Moore.
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.