LITTLE ROCK — The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday it will open disaster recovery centers in Jefferson and Howard counties Wednesday.

LITTLE ROCK — The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday it will open disaster recovery centers in Jefferson and Howard counties Wednesday.


The centers will be at the Pine Bluff Convention Center and the Carter Day Training Center in Nashville. Representatives from FEMA, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.


The offices will open at noon Wednesday and thereafter will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday until further notice.


People seeking disaster assistance should register with FEMA before going to a disaster recovery center, the agency said. Individuals and families who suffered losses as a result of storms in May and June can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or call FEMA’s toll-free registration number, (800) 621-3362, or (800) 462-7585 for the deaf or hard of hearing.


Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Assistance is available for people who suffered losses from the storms in Crawford, Garland, Howard, Jefferson, Little River, Miller, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties.


Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance. Applicants can contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, or (800) 877-8339 for the deaf and hearing impaired; by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov; or or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster.