- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

NORTH LITLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A joint federal/state disaster recovery center opens in Jefferson County Feb. 20 to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in December and January,

Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

Disaster aid for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance, among other programs.

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