LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Franklin and Johnson county residents and business owners who sustained damage during the May 24-26 storms and tornadoes have just two weeks to register for government disaster assistance.
The registration deadline is Sept. 6, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
To date, nearly 400 individuals and families in the two counties have registered with FEMA, opening the door to potential Individual Assistance grants from FEMA or low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
"Survivors in Franklin and Johnson counties who have not yet registered with FEMA should do so right away," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell of ADEM. "And we urge people to complete and return their SBA loan applications. That can open the door to more help."
To register or check a registration status, Arkansans can go online to www.disasterassistance.gov or m.fema.gov. They also may call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. FEMA phone lines are open from 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week; multilingual operators are available.
After applicants register with FEMA, they may receive a loan application package from the SBA. Officials urge Arkansans to fill out and return the applications. The biggest mistake people can make is assuming these loans are only for businesses or simply choosing to ignore the application because they do not want to take out a low-interest disaster loan.
"So far, FEMA and the SBA have approved grants and loans totaling nearly $2.2 million for eligible survivors in the two counties," said Federal Coordinating Officer Nancy M. Casper. "Every one of these dollars has gone to help Arkansans get back on their feet after this disaster."
For more information on Arkansas disaster recovery, click www.fema.gov or www.adem.arkansas.gov. Follow FEMA tweets at www.twitter.com/femaregion6. Other online resources include blog.fema.gov, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.
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