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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – State and federal officials are encouraging Arkansas residents in the 11 counties hardest hit by the severe storms of late 2015 - January, 2016 to register for disaster assistance with FEMA as soon as possible.

Residents of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Little River, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties that suffered damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding Dec. 26, 2015 - January 22, 2016 may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

 

The first step is to register. To do so:

• Call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
• Go to www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

The toll free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m.to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.

"It is important to register with FEMA even though you may have contacted other agencies or volunteer organizations in your area," said Scott Bass of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. "Keep clear records and receipts of any repairs and take photos if possible."

To speed the registration process, have the following readily available:

• A current phone number where you can be contacted;
• Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where they are now staying;
• Your Social Security number, if available;
• A general list of damages and losses; and
• If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name.

Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
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Storm Survivors Urged to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance, page 2 of 2

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to homeowners, renters and businesses. Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or visit the Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

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Don't Wait for Insurance Settlement to Seek Disaster Aid

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas residents living in any of the 11 counties part of a federal disaster area do not have to wait for an insurance settlement to register for disaster assistance from FEMA for damage from the severe weather of late 2015 - January, 2016.

"Arkansans may find they are underinsured or that their policies do not cover temporary housing while repairing or rebuilding their homes," said John Long, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. "Don't wait for an insurance settlement before registering — you could miss out on disaster aid you may be eligible for."

Residents of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Little River, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties that suffered damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding Dec. 26, 2015 - January 22, 2016 may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Many of those with damage from the storms have already filed claims for damage through their insurance. Recovery officials urge homeowners and renters to register for FEMA disaster assistance as well, even while waiting on an insurance settlement.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA).

Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

Once registered, applicants who expect their insurance policy to cover storm-related loss and damages are mailed a "Request for Information." The letter details additional information to support the applicant's need for federal disaster assistance. Applications are reviewed as part of the verification process by FEMA to avoid duplicating insurance payments.

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Register for Disaster Assistance Online 24/7;
No Change to Holiday Hours for Phone Lines

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Residents of 11 Arkansas counties included in a federal disaster declaration can register for assistance anytime online. Recovery officials also announced phone lines will maintain regular hours during the Presidents' Day holiday weekend.

Residents of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Little River, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties that suffered damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding Dec. 26, 2015 - January 22, 2016 may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Individuals and business owners can register online, 24/7 at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

FEMA's toll-free telephone line, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), will remain open through the holiday, with no change in hours. The lines are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (local time) until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

 

 

 

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