LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- If you sustained damage in the storms, tornadoes and floods that hit Arkansas from April 14 to June 3, circle August 1 on your calendar. That's the deadline for residents in the 37 disaster-designated counties to register for assistance from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"We can't over-emphasize how important it is for storm survivors to register," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. "Registering with FEMA could open the door to assistance for the different kinds of losses Arkansans suffered during this disaster."
To date, more than 10,100 Arkansas individuals and families have registered with FEMA, and more than $32.7 million has been approved for Individual Assistance grants from the state and FEMA or low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
To register for assistance or check on their registration status, residents can go online to www.disasterassistance.gov, via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov, or call 1-800-621-3362 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.
"Survivors living in designated counties will cheat themselves out of possible federal or state assistance if they don't move quickly to register with FEMA," said Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer W. Michael Moore. "Registering is the necessary first step."
The registration date for residents of Franklin and Johnson counties, which received a separate disaster declaration on July 8, is September 6.
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.