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Recovery Update: Total Assistance Tops $36 Million

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August 1, 2011
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State and federal assistance for two active disaster recovery missions in Arkansas has reached $36.5 million, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) 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, $34,826,792 has been approved or obligated. A separate declaration July 8 designated Franklin and Johnson counties eligible for Individual Assistance and Franklin, Johnson and Crawford counties eligible for Public Assistance. Totals in those counties have topped $1.6 million.

Those figures include 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, and for Franklin and Johnson counties, which received a separate declaration for the May 24-26 storms and tornadoes:

Housing Assistance $19,963,188
Other Needs Assistance $3,663,104
SBA low-interest disaster loans $11,739,200
Public Assistance $1,085,713
Disaster Unemployment Assistance $49,377

To date, nearly 10,300 individuals and families have registered with FEMA in the 37 counties designated for Individual Assistance grants under the May 2 declaration. The registration deadline for residents in those counties is August 1.

In Franklin and Johnson counties, nearly 400 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, via web-enabled phone at, 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.

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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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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