Springdale Tornado Victim Shares Frustration About Receiving Federal Aid

As more storms hit our area tonight, the storms hit by the March 30 Springdale tornado are still picking up the pieces. Many are now applying for financial aid through the Small Business Administration and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Jessica Martinez’s home was demolished on Aspenridge Drive. She said she is now struggling to get the financial help she needs. “I lost everything I had, house, car, everything in my name,” said Martinez. “It was a nightmare. I had no insurance, nobody knows.” Martinez said she went to the disaster relief center at the Springdale Civic Center to request assistance ADEM, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, is funded through a federal grant and SBA, Small Business Administration, offers low-interest disaster loans 40/29 News spoke to the PIO about how the process works: “It’s not a quick process, these are taxpayer loans. So we’re bound by regulations to make sure every induvial can repay them. These aren’t grants that they do have to repay,” said Rick Tillery, PIO for SBA Disaster Assistance. Tillery said that once you apply, the application is reviewed by their loan officers. they will be sent back to ADEM,” Tillery said. ADEM spokesperson told 40/29 News if those applicants are rejected by SBA, they will be up to just over $ $9,000 in grant money. As for Martinez, she said she’s frustrated that she won’t be able to receive the scholarship money until she applies for a loan through SBA — something she said she can’t afford to repay. “It’s so emotional right now. I was right in the middle in EF3 and there’s no help,” said Martinez. “I know it’s a frustrating and time-consuming process. All I can say is stay there, we’re here to help and we’re here to help. want to help as many people as possible,” Tillery said. The online deadline for receiving a physical disaster loan from SBA is June 20. For ADEM, the deadline is May 7.

As more storms hit our area tonight, the storms hit by the March 30 Springdale tornado are still picking up the pieces.

Many are now applying for financial aid through the Small Business Administration and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Jessica Martinez’s home was demolished on Aspenridge Drive. She said she is now struggling to get the financial help she needs.

“I lost everything I had, house, car, everything in my name,” said Martinez. “It was a nightmare. I had no insurance, nobody I know does that.”

Martinez said she went to the disaster relief center at the Springdale Civic Center to request help. ADEM, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, is funded through a federal grant and SBA, Small Business Administration, offers low-interest disaster loans. 40/29 News spoke to the PIO about how the process works.

“It’s not a quick process, these are taxpayer loans. So we are bound by regulations to ensure that any induvial can repay them. These are not subsidies that they have to pay back,” said Rick Tillery, PIO for SBA Disaster Assistance.

Tillery said that once you apply, the application will be reviewed by their loan officers.

“If it is believed that the applicants cannot repay the loan and do not meet certain guidelines, they will be returned to ADEM,” Tillery said.

ADEM spokesperson told 40/29 News if those applicants are rejected by SBA, they could receive up to just over $9,000 in grant money.

As for Martinez, she said she’s frustrated that she won’t be able to receive the grant money until she applies for a loan through SBA — something she said she can’t afford to repay.

“It’s so much emotional distress right now. I was right in the middle in EF3 and there is no help,” said Martinez.

“I know it’s a frustrating and time-consuming process. All I can say is stay there, we’re here to help and we want to help as many people as possible,” Tillery said.

The online deadline for receiving a physical disaster loan from SBA is June 20. For ADEM, the deadline is May 7.

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