Arkansas residents impacted by the flooding, severe storms and tornadoes of April 27 have until June 30 to register for individual disaster assistance through FEMA. Arkansas businesses are encouraged to ensure that their employees who were living in Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties and impacted by these storms know of the deadline to register for assistance.
Survivors can continue to register for FEMA individual assistance online until June 30 at DisasterAssistance.gov or via a Web-enabled device at m.FEMA.gov. They may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Disaster assistance can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. So far, about 1,385 Arkansans have registered for assistance, and more than $2.5 million in assistance has been approved, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The June 30 deadline also applies for homeowner, renter and business applications with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster loan assistance, another important step in the disaster relief process to ensure survivors obtain all relief they are eligible for.
For businesses, an SBA disaster loan represents the best opportunity for disaster assistance. There is no obligation to accept an SBA disaster home loan even after applying. If survivors are denied an SBA home loan, they might be eligible to receive other assistance from FEMA, such as money to replace personal property.
Of note, apart from the June 30 SBA deadline for property damage, businesses also have until Jan. 29, 2015, to apply for SBA economic injury disaster loans. All homeowners, renters and businesses are encouraged to register with FEMA and SBA to ensure eligibility for future forms of aid.
For additional information on the SBA, call 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339, email DisasterCustomerService@SBA.gov, or visit SBA.gov.