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Early December Storm Receives Disaster Declaration

Thirteen counties in Arkansas have been declared a federal disaster area as a result of the severe winter storm that occurred December 5 – 6, 2013.
(News Release) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday afternoon that 13 counties in Arkansas have been declared a federal disaster area as a result of the severe winter storm that occurred December 5 – 6, 2013.

Counties included in the declaration are Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp and Van Buren.

The declaration provides for Public Assistance Grants which includes assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in those counties.

Only local and state government entities and certain private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The declaration does not provide for Individual Assistance to private citizens.
 
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is also provided in the declaration, which is assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

All counties in the state are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  Additional information will be forthcoming.

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