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FEMA extends deadline for Arkansas residents to apply for disaster assistance

FEMA extends deadline for Arkansas residents to apply for disaster assistance

Little Rock, Arkansas – At the request of the State of Arkansas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline for homeowners and renters who suffered damage from the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding from May 24-27. The new deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance is now August 28, providing more time for affected individuals in Baxter, Benton, Boone, Fulton, Greene, Madison, Marion, and Randolph counties to seek help.

Assistance Available for Storm Survivors

FEMA assistance can provide crucial support for those impacted by the severe weather. This includes rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, and coverage for personal property losses. Additionally, FEMA can help with other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. It is important to note that FEMA grants do not need to be repaid, are nontaxable, and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, or other federal benefits.

How to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Survivors can apply for FEMA disaster assistance in several ways:

  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center: To find an open center, visit
  • Call Toll-Free: 800-621-3362. The phone line is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. CT, with help available in most languages.
  • Online: Go to or download the FEMA App.

When applying, individuals using a relay service such as VRS, captioned telephone service, or others should provide FEMA with their number for that service.

Accommodations and Additional Information

If you need a reasonable accommodation or a sign language interpreter, please call FEMA’s Civil Rights Resource Line at 833-285-7448 (press 2 for Spanish). The line is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT.

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