ADEM to Close Disaster Asstance Period for NEA Storm Victims on October 10

SEPTEMBER 28, 2006 - Posted at 4:42 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has begun accepting applications for Temporary Housing Assistance Grants and related emergency assistance for northeast Arkansas storm and flooding victims.

Governor Mike Huckabee activated disaster recovery services through ADEM and the Department of Health & Human Services to assist homeowners in Clay, Fulton, Lawrence, Randolph and Sharp counties with uninsured losses from storms and flooding that occured on September 22.

Temporary Housing Assistance Grants will be taken by ADEM at 1-877-828-3362 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Tuesday, October 10.  Operators will not be able to take calls on weekends.

The Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG) assists disaster victims with serious needs or necessary expenses that were incurred as a result of the disaster.  Eligible categories concerning uninsured losses include assisting in repair or replacement of primary residence, repair/replacement of personal property, essential transportation, funeral expenses, and medical expenses.

Disaster victims may apply for the IFG program by making an appointment by telephone with their county's Department of Health and Human Services offices.  The number for DHHS offices may be obtained by calling ADEM at 1-877-828-3362.  Applications will be taken from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Tuesday, October 10.