LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- For residents and business owners in Franklin and Johnson counties affected by the May 24-26 tornadoes and storms, the clock is ticking down to the Sept. 6 deadline for registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"Franklin and Johnson county disaster survivors have just a few days left to register for state and federal assistance," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. "We can't stress enough the need to register quickly. That is the necessary first step toward establishing their eligibility for assistance."
To register for assistance or check a registration status, Arkansans can go online to www.disasterassistance.gov or m.fema.gov. They may also 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.
To date, nearly 400 individuals and families in the two counties have registered with FEMA, making possible potential Individual Assistance grants from FEMA or low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
"Helping Arkansans recover from those devastating storms is our top priority," said Federal Coordinating Officer Nancy M. Casper. "Putting more than $2.3 million in grants and loans in the hands of survivors is an important marker on the road to their recovery."
For 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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is the state's homeland security and preparedness agency. The agency works to identify and lessen the effects of emergencies, disasters and threats to Arkansas by developing effective prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery actions for all disasters and emergencies. For additional information, contact ADEM at (501) 683-6700 or visit the website at www.adem.arkansas.gov.
SBA is the federal government's primary source of funding for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).
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.