LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Franklin and Johnson county residents who sustained damage or loss as a result of the tornadoes and storms that struck May 24-26 have just one month left to register for disaster-related assistance from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The registration deadline is Sept. 6. Arkansans can register for assistance or check on the status of their registrations online at 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 hope every eligible Arkansan will take advantage of this opportunity to get some of their recovery needs met," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. "Residents in these two counties who haven't registered should do so as soon as possible."
To date, nearly 400 individuals and families in the two counties have registered with FEMA to determine their eligibility for Individual Assistance grants from FEMA or low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. In short, these grants and loans are designed to help eligible survivors repair their homes or businesses and repair or replace personal property.
"We want everyone who is eligible to receive assistance to get that help as quickly as possible," said Federal Coordinating Officer Nancy M. Casper. "FEMA and our state and federal partners stand ready to help all eligible survivors get back on their feet."
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.