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FEMA Workers Track Down Tornado Victims to Provide Assistance

FEMA workers went door to door looking for victims and register them for disaster assistance.
VILONIA, AR- Survivors of Sunday night's tornado are now focusing on getting any assistance to help rebuild. FEMA workers have been in central Arkansas before the storm even hit, but now they are trying to track down those affected by the tornado.

On Thursday, we went door to door with FEMA workers, "We're trying to see if there's any damage done to any of your property or any of your neighbors property or if you know anyone who's had any issues from the recent storm," David McCoy tells a resident.

David McCoy with FEMA says they are registering people with or without insurance right on the spot.

"It gets their whole federal process started to see what they're eligible for and see what kind of assistance we can truly provide to them," says McCoy.

They are finding victims in standing neighborhoods near the damage. That's where they tend to find folks staying with family or friends.

"When you see a neighborhood that doesn't have so much damage, you'll have a lot of people living in this neighborhood because their property has been destroyed. You have to reach out to all the places you can and this is close enough to the actual disaster and the swatch of devastation that you know folks are actually staying," says McCoy.

Victims can be eligible for cash, reimbursements and other disaster assistance. Depending on the type of assistance you receive determines how long you see funds or other aid.

There are three ways to apply:
  • You can contact FEMA and apply by phone at 1-800-621-3362
When you apply, have the following information ready:
  • A phone number you can be reached.
  • Social Security Number
  • Current mailing address
  • Address of affected property
  • Brief description of damage
  • Insurance information including policy number
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