FEMA Comes To The Aid Of Storm Victims In Izard County

Melbourne, AR (KAIT)-

Communities like Sage, Melbourne, and Zion will now be able to benefit from the federal government, which is now offering assistance to storm victims in Izard County.

Whether your house is completely obliterated or a few shingles are missing off your roof, FEMA says no damage is too small.

"Anyone who has received damage whether it be, in their minds, minor or complete destruction, you need to apply," said Cathy Bland, DRC manager.

Individual assistance will be available from now until February 20.

"All we're trying to do is gather information and trying to explain what services they might be eligible for," said Bland.

Once the applicant completes a formal application process, the recovery can begin.

"There are things that have to be clarified in order to determine what services we could offer," she said.

Bland suggests before you go to get help, contact your insurance claims adjuster, have an assessment conducted and ask whether the company offers assisted or additional living expenses.

Individuals can register for aid by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7578 for those who are hearing or speech-impaired. You can also register online at www.fema.gov FEMA operators are available 7 a.m. to midnight CST seven days a week, until further notice.

The Izard County Disaster Recovery Center is located at City Hall, 114 West Court St., Melbourne, AR

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Feb 15 through Feb. 20.

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