Attorney General: Assistance available after storm

LITTLE ROCK - As the state continues to recover from the devastating storms of April 27, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to make sure that affected Arkansans know that assistance is available to them to help them rebuild. In addition, McDaniel said all Arkansas consumers should be aware of a rebate program administered by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) that helps defray the cost of a storm shelter/safe room. "We have seen a remarkable outpouring of support and assistance for tornado victims from everyday Arkansans and from disaster-relief agencies that make it their job to help those affected," McDaniel said. "I encourage anyone who needs assistance to take advantage of the programs that are available, and I hope that other consumers will consider taking steps to protect themselves in case of severe weather in the future." Those impacted by the April 27 storms and who live in Faulkner, Pulaski, White and Randolph counties may register for government disaster assistance at, or by calling (800) 621-3362. In addition, Mobile Registration Intake Centers are open in Vilonia, Mayflower, Little Rock and Searcy to help people register for assistance and check the status of their applications. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Thursday, May 8, a Disaster Recovery Center will open in Mayflower at 600 Highway 365. That center will be open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Specialists from the state, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, the IRS, the American Red Cross and other agencies will be at the Disaster Recovery Center to answer questions.