650 Tornado Victims Receiving Assistance from FEMA

By KARK 4 News

Published 05/01 2014 07:16PM

Updated 05/05 2014 08:20AM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On Sunday morning, FEMA reported more than 650 people who live in Faulkner County were already receiving federal financial assistance.

The agency reports 655 people have received payments totaling $725,000. That figure will continue to rise throughout the next few weeks.

At this point, only Faulkner County has been declared a federal disaster area. That means only tornado victims in that county are eligible for federal financial help.

Meanwhile, FEMA specialists are canvassing neighborhoods in hard-hit Faulkner County to help survivors register for disaster assistance.

In addition to Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSAT) going door to door, Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) are also set up in Vilonia and Mayflower, Arkansas to provide immediate registration assistance and answer questions residents may have concerning available FEMA assistance. 

“Our priority is getting citizens’ immediate help,” said David Maxwell, Director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency. “Going directly to them in their communities allows us to expedite the disaster registration process.”

All FEMA and state team members in the field carry photo IDs and wear shirts bearing their agency’s logo.

Homeowners, renters and businesses owners in Faulkner County can register at www.disasterassistance.gov.

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