ARKANSAS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

ARKANSAS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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You are more than welcome to send in information on your on your emergency preparedness events…..
to arkansas@homelesstoindependence.org

Thank you!

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Northwest Arkansas 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free and confidential way to find out about important health and human services programs in your community. Call 2-1-1 for information about health care, help paying rent and utility bills, transportation services, job training, mental health counseling and much more.

GO TO: http://www.arkansas211.org/frequentlyusedservices.aspx

POSTED 07-15-12

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Monday, Aug. 14, is Last Chance to Apply for FEMA, SBA Assistance
Release date:
August 8, 2017
Release Number:
NR038

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – If you had damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19, Monday, Aug. 14, is your last chance to apply for FEMA disaster assistance grants and/or U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans.

Online applications may be submitted at DisasterAssistance.gov until midnight and the FEMA Helpline is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT daily. Helpline operators are trained to help individuals needing assistance in registering to get their information into the system.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured or underinsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

To register for FEMA disaster assistance:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call
800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service), call 800-621-3362.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish).

Download the FEMA mobile app (available in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Applicants must be head of household and reside in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White, Woodruff or Yell counties.

If you are a homeowner or renter, FEMA may refer you to SBA. SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

There are three ways to apply to SBA after you register with FEMA:

Call SBA at 800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339.
Apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Apply by mail: Complete a paper application and mail it to SBA at 14925 Kingsport Road, Ft. Worth TX 76155-2243.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
August 8, 2017 – 10:12
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FEMA and SBA Disaster Assistance Deadline Only 12 Days Away
Release date:
August 3, 2017
Release Number:
NR037

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas residents still needing assistance in recovering from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19 have only 12 days left to apply for FEMA disaster assistance grants and/or U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans.

The last day to apply is Monday, Aug. 14. Online applications may be submitted until midnight and the FEMA Helpline is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT daily. Helpline operators are trained to help individuals needing assistance in registering to get their information into the system.

To register for FEMA disaster assistance:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call
800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service), call 800-621-3362.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish).

Download the FEMA mobile app (available in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Federal assistance is available to eligible individuals and households in 16 Arkansas counties: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell. Damage or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding must have occurred between April 26 and May 19.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies which may be able to help.

If you are a homeowner or renter, FEMA may refer you to SBA. SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury.

SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property.

Many Arkansans who register with FEMA will receive an automated call from the SBA with information on how to complete its loan application process. SBA low-interest disaster loans have interest rates fixed for the life of the loan.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

There are three ways to apply to SBA after you register with FEMA:

Call SBA at 800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call
800-877-8339.
Apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Apply by mail: Complete a paper application and mail it to SBA at
14925 Kingsport Road, Ft. Worth TX 76155-2243.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
August 7, 2017 – 14:57
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Common Sense May Avoid Problems with Repair Contractors
Release date:
July 27, 2017
Release Number:
FEMA-4318-AR NR034

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Home repair complaints last year were number 5 on the Arkansas Attorney General’s top 10 list of consumer complaints. Natural disasters attract fly-by-night contractors, including those from other states, who prey on the vulnerability of disaster survivors.

By and large, building industry representatives are honest. But any time large amounts of money are involved, it makes sense to take precautions in signing contracts to avoid misunderstandings with the contractor.

Some scam artists claim to be FEMA certified. FEMA neither certifies nor endorses any private-sector contractor, except those FEMA hires or contracts with to do housing inspections. Some fraudsters pose as FEMA housing inspectors and charge a fee for inspections.

There is no fee for FEMA housing inspections. Legitimate inspectors carry official photo ID and will have a disaster assistance applicant’s FEMA registration number and carry official photo identification.

Complaints regarding FEMA disaster assistance programs or employees can be reported to the Office of Inspector General at 800-323-8603. Misconduct involving SBA programs or employees are handled separately and may be reported to the Office of Inspector General hotline at 800-767-0385.

Here’s what to be mindful of in hiring repair contractors:

Use reliable, licensed contractors with liability insurance and workers’ compensation. Arkansas law requires most contractors with three or more employees to have workers’ compensation coverage. A list of licensed contractors is updated daily by the Arkansas Contractors Board at http://aclb2.arkansas.gov/latestroster.csv, or call 501-372-4661 for information.

Call your local Better Business Bureau to inquire about a business before signing a contract.

Ask the contractor for three references— former customers who had similar work done. Ask the reference about any problems and if the person was satisfied with the job.

Insist on a written contract, clearly stating all tasks, associated costs and a payment schedule. Never sign a blank contract or one with blank spaces. Make sure the contract clearly states who will apply and pay for required permits or licenses. If substantial costs are involved, have a lawyer review the contract. Keep a copy of the contract.

Any warranties by the contractor should be written into the contract and clearly state what is warrantied, who is responsible and how long the warranty is valid.

Get written estimates from three contractors. Compare services and prices before making a final decision. Also, read the fine print. Some contractors charge a fee for a written estimate, which is often applied to the price of subsequent repairs they make. Ask for proof of general liability insurance.

Pay by check made out to the company, not an individual. Avoid on-the-spot cash payments. A reasonable down payment is 30 percent of the total cost of the project, to be paid upon initial delivery of materials.

Make final payments when the work is completed. Do not sign completion papers or make the final payment until the work is completed and inspected by the proper authorities to their satisfaction and yours. A reputable contractor will not threaten or pressure you to sign if the job is not finished properly.

Federal law gives consumers a three-day “cooling off” period for unsolicited door-to-door sales of more than $25. Canceling a contract should be done within three business days of signing. Follow the cancellation instructions in the contract. Send the notification by registered mail with a return receipt to be signed by the contractor.

Report problems with the contractor or incidences of fraud to the Arkansas Attorney General Consumer Protection at 800-482-8982. Complaint forms can be completed or downloaded online at arkansasag.gov. Click the link in the red box at the bottom of the home page or email consumer@ArkansasAG.gov.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 27, 2017 – 15:57
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Take Charge of Your Disaster Recovery with These Steps
Release date:
July 26, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR033

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Applying for federal disaster assistance for this spring’s severe storms in Arkansas is a two-step process. Taking both steps ensures disaster survivors will be considered for all FEMA grants and the U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan.

Step 1: Register with FEMA.

Step 2: Complete and submit a no-obligation SBA loan application.

Grant assistance from FEMA can help jump-start the recovery, but may not cover all damage or property loss. Completing the SBA loan application may make additional FEMA assistance available to replace essential household items, replace or repair a damaged vehicle, or pay for storage costs.

There are no loan costs associated with taking out a loan and no obligation to accept it if approved. If the loan is not approved, the applicant will be referred back to FEMA for other forms of assistance.

However, if the loan is approved and the applicant doesn’t accept it, the applicant will be ineligible for federal disaster assistance from SBA and any additional assistance from FEMA beyond grants based on getting a disaster survivor into a safe, secure and functioning home.

Many Arkansans who register with FEMA will receive an automated call from SBA with information on how to complete the loan application process. SBA low-interest disaster loans are the major source of funding for disaster recovery, with interest rates fixed for the life of the loan.

Low-interest disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage, but if property damage is included, the total may not exceed $2 million.

Residents are encouraged to apply for federal disaster aid even if they have insurance and have applied for or received assistance under other recent federal disaster declarations. Once insurance is paid, applicants may provide that information to FEMA for additional consideration.

Additional information on registering with FEMA as well as help completing an SBA loan application is available at any state/federal disaster recovery center. To find the nearest recovery center, go online to https://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

Register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or video relay service) at 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585. Toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week and multilingual operators are available.

SBA applications are available online at SBA.gov/disaster. Contact SBA at 800-659-2955, by email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or meet with an SBA representative at a Disaster Recovery Center. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 26, 2017 – 16:21
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Help Remains for Randolph County Residents after Disaster Center Closes
Release date:
July 26, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR031

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Faulkner, Randolph and Washington Counties close Friday at 6 p.m., survivors of the 2017 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

In coordination with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Disaster Recovery Center at the Old Randolph County Nursing Center, 1405 Hospital Drive, in Pocahontas, will close Friday, July 28. Hours until then are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are available on the FEMA Helpline and the registration period for FEMA disaster assistance continues until Aug. 14.

To register, ask questions or provide contact information updates, call 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service), call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 26, 2017 – 08:58
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Help Remains for Faulkner County Residents after Disaster Center Closes
Release date:
July 26, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR030

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Faulkner, Randolph and Washington Counties close Friday at 6 p.m., survivors of the 2017 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

In coordination with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Disaster Recovery Center in Faulkner County at the McGee Center, 3800 College Ave., Conway, will close Friday, July 28. Hours until then are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are available on the FEMA Helpline and the registration period for FEMA disaster assistance continues until Aug. 14.

To register, ask questions or provide contact information updates, call 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service), call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 26, 2017 – 08:53
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Help Remains for Washington County Residents after Disaster Center Closes
Release date:
July 26, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR032

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Faulkner, Randolph and Washington Counties close Friday at 6 p.m., survivors of the 2017 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

In coordination with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Disaster Recovery Center in Washington County at the Fayetteville Executive Airport Main Terminal Building on Drake Field, 4500 S. School Ave., will close Friday, July 28. Hours until then are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are available on the FEMA Helpline and the registration period for FEMA disaster assistance continues until Aug. 14.

To register, ask questions or provide contact information updates, call 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service), call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 26, 2017 – 09:03
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Disaster Assistance Isn’t Taxable and Won’t Affect Social Security
Release date:
July 24, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas disaster survivors receiving Social Security or other government state or federal aid have no cause for concern that disaster assistance might affect their benefits.

Internal Revenue Service rules say qualified disaster relief payments are not counted as income as long as the reimbursed expense is not also paid by insurance or other reimbursement.

According to the IRS, qualified disaster relief payments include payments received for the following;

Reasonable and necessary personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred as a result of a presidentially declared disaster. These may include medical, dental, housing, personal property or transportation needs caused by the disaster.
Reasonable and necessary expenses incurred for the repair or rehabilitation of a personal residence due to a presidentially declared disaster. A personal residence can be a rented residence or one you own.
Reasonable and necessary expenses incurred for the repair or replacement of the contents of a personal residence due to a presidentially declared disaster storm event.

Qualified disaster relief payments also include amounts paid to those affected by the disaster by a state or local government in connection with a presidentially declared disaster.

Disaster assistance grants are not subject to income tax, self-employment tax, or employment taxes such as Social Security, Medicare and federal unemployment taxes. No withholding is required. However, unemployment payments are considered income under tax rules.

Casualty losses reimbursed by the grants are not deductible for income tax purposes. Do not deduct casualty losses or medical expenses specifically reimbursed by disaster relief grants.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 24, 2017 – 15:02
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Use FEMA Grants Wisely
Release date:
July 21, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR027

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Once approved for FEMA disaster assistance grants, Arkansas disaster survivors receive funds via check or a direct deposit to their checking account. They also receive a letter from FEMA providing information about the grant and how the money must be spent.

Disaster recovery officials urge recipients of federal grants to use the money wisely.

Applicants sign a declaration and a release certifying that all funds will be spent on the expenses for which they are intended. These grants are for repairs, temporary housing and other approved essential disaster-related costs. Arkansas survivors who have questions about their grants should contact FEMA for assistance or visit a Disaster Recovery Center.

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Housing funds may be used for:

Rental assistance. Applicants who have a continuing need for temporary rental assistance must turn in valid lease and utility receipts to receive additional assistance.
Reimbursement for lodging expenses directly related to the disaster.
Repairs to windows, doors, water and ventilation systems or other structural elements to return a home to a safe and functional condition.
Rebuilding a disaster-damaged home.

Recipients of FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program grants may use the funds for:

Essential personal property, specialized tools for employment, household items, appliances and vehicle repair or replacement.
Disaster-related medical, dental, moving and child-care expenses.

Applicants should be sure to update their personal contact information, including addresses, phone numbers and bank accounts. If FEMA does not have the correct contact information, disaster survivors may miss letters or phone calls about their application for assistance or payment status.

FEMA grants cannot duplicate payments from other sources. For example, if a grant recipient receives an insurance settlement covering expenses already paid for by FEMA, those duplicated funds must be returned to FEMA.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 21, 2017 – 15:04
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State/FEMA Disaster Center Will Stop in White County to Help Arkansans
Release date:
July 21, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR026

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A mobile State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will visit Searcy in White County from Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 26, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19.

The disaster center location and hours are as follows:

White County

White County Emergency Service Office

2301 Eastline Road

Searcy AR 72143

Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 26

Hours:

Monday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call
800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from
7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 21, 2017 – 10:20
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Two Counties Added to Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance Funding
Release date:
July 20, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR025

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Two more Arkansas counties are now eligible to apply for FEMA’s Public Assistance funding to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas that sustained damage from April 26 to May 19.

Fulton and Searcy counties may now request reimbursements under the Public Assistance grant program. Assistance would cover eligible disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair or rebuilding of public facilities, such as roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities.

The president’s June 15, 2017, major disaster declaration was amended to add the two counties to 28 counties already designated for Public Assistance. Public Assistance reimbursements are made on a cost-sharing basis (75 percent federal) to municipalities and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work, restoration of infrastructure and direct federal assistance.

The 28 counties previously approved for Public Assistance are Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Cleburne, Conway, Craighead, Cross, Faulkner, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White, and Woodruff.

Application procedures for state and local governments will be explained at state/federal applicant briefings in the affected area. Approved projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is for repairs by municipalities and certain private nonprofits such as school districts and electric utilities. FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is for assistance to individual disaster survivors. Fulton County was approved earlier for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 20, 2017 – 15:11
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FEMA Mobile Disaster Centers Reach Out to Help Rural Residents
Release date:
July 19, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR023

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Most people associate the use of motor homes with recreational life—accessing parks, lakes and other scenic areas to reduce the stress of the daily grind.

FEMA maintains a national fleet of similar vehicles it rolls out for a different purpose—to reduce the stress on rural residents recovering from natural disasters. Their technical name is Mobile Communications Operations Vehicle, or MCOV. As such, they often are used as command vehicles in various response or recovery situations.

Where federal disasters are declared, MCOVs become Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs).

FEMA stages MCOVs in three major locations: Texas, Georgia and Virginia. MCOVs can be in a disaster area within a day or two of a federal declaration. FEMA drivers are deployed to vehicle locations while the vehicles are double-checked for operation.

Equipped with satellite technology, MCOVs are used as MDRCs because they can go anywhere a motor home can to register applicants for federal disaster assistance. Able to house 10 FEMA computers and a number of others for FEMA’s disaster recovery partners, they reach out as circuit riders to visit small communities where there might not even be a building big enough to use for a disaster center.

Disaster survivors do not go into the MCOV, as it is basically a command center for the MDRC. Equipment is deployed out of it into a building or onto a few tables under awnings in a parking lot in a rural community. Centers are always accessible to people who have disabilities or additional communication needs.

MDRC schedules are announced and disaster survivors are welcomed, FEMA applicant services specialists and SBA customer service representatives assist disaster survivors to apply for FEMA grants and/or the SBA’s low-interest loans. Representatives also make referrals to voluntary organizations active in disasters and others with information on mitigating risks in future disasters.

Survivors who are not fully insured may qualify for assistance from FEMA and/or SBA. FEMA grants are limited to temporary assistance aimed at getting disaster survivors into a safe, functional place to live. For fuller recovery, SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to business of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property.

Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury. SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

The MDRC confirmed schedule for Arkansas is below; later ones may be announced as needed:

Woodruff County – Wednesday, 7/19 through Friday, 7/21

Robert & Dorothy Rowland Entertainment Building

Three County Fairgrounds

997 Poplar St.

McCrory 72101

Prairie County – Saturday, 7/22 through Sunday, 7/23

Courthouse Annex

605 Hwy 38E

Des Arc 72040

White County – Monday, 7/24 through Wednesday, 7/26

White County Emergency Service Office

2301 Eastline Road

Searcy 72143

Hours of operation:

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 pm.

To register for FEMA disaster assistance:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call
800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also available in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

There are three ways to apply with SBA after you register with FEMA:

Call SBA at 800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call
800 877-8339.
Apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Apply by mail: Complete a paper application and mail it to SBA at
14925 Kingsport Road, Ft. Worth TX 76155-2243.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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Last Updated:
July 19, 2017 – 15:52
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Keep Your FEMA and SBA Options Open Even with Insurance
Release date:
July 18, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas disaster survivors whose homes were damaged in the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19 do not have to wait for an insurance settlement to apply for federal assistance.

Survivors with insurance may register with FEMA for grants for temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Registration is encouraged even if survivors have insurance coverage. Policies vary in coverage and may not pay for temporary housing or have other insurance gaps.

Once registered, applicants with insurance policies covering storm-related loss and damage are mailed a “Request for Information” as part of FEMA’s verification process to avoid duplicating insurance payments. By law, federal assistance cannot duplicate assistance provided by other sources.

Waiting on the insurance settlement may make a disaster survivor miss the FEMA deadline to apply and lose the opportunity to apply for federal disaster assistance.

Federal assistance is available to eligible individuals and households in 16 Arkansas counties: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell. Damage or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding must have occurred between April 26 and May 19.

To register for FEMA disaster assistance:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call
800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also available in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

If you are a homeowner or renter, FEMA may refer you to SBA. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property.

There are three ways to apply to SBA after you register with FEMA:

Call SBA at 800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call
800-877-8339.
Apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Apply by mail: Complete a paper application and mail it to SBA at
14925 Kingsport Road, Ft. Worth TX 76155-2243.

Visit a Disaster Recovery Center for personal help. Locations are found at the FEMA DRC Locator or at SBA disaster loan.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 18, 2017 – 16:01
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FEMA and SBA Disaster Assistance Deadline Less Than a Month Away
Release date:
July 17, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR021

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas residents still needing assistance in recovering from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19 have less than a month to apply for FEMA disaster assistance grants and/or SBA low-interest loans.

The last day to apply is Monday, Aug. 14. Online applications may be submitted until midnight and the FEMA Helpline is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Individuals needing assistance in applying to either FEMA or SBA may visit any Disaster Recovery Center currently open in Arkansas.

Federal assistance is available to eligible individuals and households in 16 Arkansas counties: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell. Damage or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding must have occurred between April 26 and May 19.

To register for FEMA disaster assistance:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call
800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from
7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (available in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies which may be able to help.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to business of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury.

If you are a homeowner or renter, FEMA may refer you to SBA. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

There are three ways to apply to SBA after you register with FEMA:

Call SBA at 800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800 877-8339.
Apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Apply by mail: Complete a paper application and mail it to SBA at
14925 Kingsport Road, Ft. Worth TX 76155-2243.

Visit a Disaster Recovery Center for personal help. Locations are found at the FEMA DRC Locator or at SBA disaster loan.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 17, 2017 – 15:57
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Disaster Recovery Center in Saline County to Close Wednesday
Release date:
July 17, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Disaster Recovery Center located in Saline County at Indian Springs Baptist Church, 23581 I-30, Bryant, will close permanently at 6 p.m. Wednesday,
July 19.

Residents of Saline County may continue to find assistance at the Faulkner County center at the location and hours below:

Faulkner County

McGee Center

3800 College Ave.

Conway AR 72034

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Help is also available at the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call
800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications. FEMA works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 17, 2017 – 09:45
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Disaster Recovery Center in Lawrence County to Close Wednesday
Release date:
July 17, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Disaster Recovery Center located in Lawrence County at the Black River Fire Training Center, 114 Wilson Drive, Walnut Ridge, will close permanently at
6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19.

Residents of Lawrence County may continue to find assistance at the Randolph County center at the former site of the Randolph County Nursing Center. Location and hours follow:

Randolph County

Old Randolph County Nursing Center

1405 Hospital Drive

Pocahontas AR 72455

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Help is also available at the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications. FEMA works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 17, 2017 – 09:36
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State/FEMA Disaster Center Will Visit Woodruff County to Help Arkansans
Release date:
July 17, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A mobile State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will visit McCrory in Woodruff County from Wednesday, July 19, through Friday, July 21, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19.

The disaster center location and hours are as follows:

Woodruff County

Robert & Dorothy Rowland Entertainment Building

Three County Fairgrounds

997 Poplar St.

McCrory AR 72101

Wednesday, July 19, through Friday, July 21

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from
7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 17, 2017 – 09:41
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ICC Coverage May Help Pay to Bring Flooded Structures Up to Code
Release date:
July 14, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Flood insurance policyholders in high risk flood areas (Special Flood Hazard Areas) may be able to receive up to $30,000 to help cover the cost of bringing a substantially damaged structure into compliance with the community’s floodplain management regulations.

To qualify for ICC (Increased Cost of Compliance), a structure must either be substantially damaged (damage that is 50 percent or greater than the value of the building) or one that has been repeatedly damaged.

ICC is a part of most Standard National Flood Insurance Program policies sold by insurance companies. ICC coverage can pay for four types of activities that will reduce the risk of future flood damage:

Elevation (raising the building)
Relocation (moving the building to another area)
Demolition
Floodproofing (applies only to nonresidential buildings)

For more information regarding eligibility requirements please contact your insurance agent, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission at 501-682-1611, or the FEMA NFIP Helpline at
800-621-3362 (select option 2 for insurance and ICC questions).

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 14, 2017 – 09:30
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Bevy of Resources Found in Disaster Centers for Arkansas Storm Survivors
Release date:
July 12, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers operating in storm-stressed Arkansas counties have a large number of resources disaster survivors can access to speed their recovery.

Accessible to the whole community, including those with disabilities and additional communication needs, disaster centers are facilities housing federal, state, local and voluntary agencies. No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed at the disaster centers.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration and may include representatives of other agencies. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available and learn how to appeal a decision. Survivors also can do the following at most centers:

Discuss their individual disaster related needs;
Obtain information about disaster assistance programs;
Complete the application process by having DRC personnel forward their documentation—insurance documents, occupancy verification documentation, appeals, etc.—to FEMA’s National Processing Service Center;
Update registration and contact information;
Obtain clarification of any written correspondence received from FEMA;
Request status of a registration being processed by FEMA;
Receive and learn how to complete their SBA application for a low-interest loan, often the largest source of recovery funds for disaster survivors;
Receive SBA program information;
Obtain guidance regarding disaster recovery;
Obtain housing and rental resource information; and
Answer any other questions about disaster assistance.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

The SBA provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters, to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster-damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 12, 2017 – 15:23
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FEMA Disaster Assistance Appeal Might Not Be Necessary
Release date:
July 5, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR010

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Wonder why FEMA turned you down for disaster assistance?

Appealing a FEMA determination on a disaster assistance application is easy, but before acting, read your decision letter carefully and ask questions.

Disaster survivors may believe FEMA made an incorrect decision or question the type of help FEMA provided. Sometimes, FEMA can’t move forward on an application because key information is missing, such as proof of ownership or contractor’s estimate for repairs not covered.

Applicants with insurance may receive an initial denial, but reconnecting with FEMA after insurance settles may change the picture. Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 can clarify matters.

To submit an appeal, survivors should explain specifically and in writing why they disagree with the FEMA decision. Appeal the decision within 60 days of the date on the FEMA decision letter.

The appeal letter should include the applicant’s full name, date and place of birth, address and supporting documentation. Have it notarized and include a copy of a state-issued identification card or the following statement: “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”

Sign the letter, date it and mail to:

FEMA

National Processing Service Center

P.O. Box 10055

Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

Letters may also be faxed to 800-827-8112 with a cover sheet marked: Attention – FEMA. Appeals may also be uploaded to the applicant’s account on DisasterAssistance.gov.

Federal assistance is available to eligible individuals and households in16 Arkansas Counties: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell. Damage or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding must have occurred between April 26 and May 19.

To register for FEMA disaster assistance:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies which may be able to help.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 8, 2017 – 11:46
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State/FEMA Disaster Center To Be in Harrison to Help Arkansans
Release date:
July 3, 2017
Release Number:
AR NR009

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A mobile State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will visit Harrison in Boone County from Wednesday, July 5 to Friday, July 7, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19.

The disaster center location and hours are as follows:

Boone County

Winkler Logistic Center

805 Cottonwood Road

Harrison AR 72601

Hours:

Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 3, 2017 – 15:32
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State/FEMA Disaster Center Opens in Saline County to Help Flood Survivors
Release date:
July 2, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR008

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19. Location and hours are:

Saline County

Indian Springs Baptist Church

23581 I-30

Bryant AR 72022

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday and July Fourth holiday: Closed

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
July 3, 2017 – 09:31
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FEMA Teams Canvassing Neighborhoods to Help Arkansas Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 24, 2017
Release Number:
AR NR002

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Federal disaster survivor assistance teams are working in
storm–stricken neighborhoods, helping Arkansans register for FEMA disaster assistance, providing application updates and making referrals to additional resources when needed.

Additionally, housing inspectors contracted by FEMA are reviewing residential damages onsite. Applicants must have suffered storm damage during the period from April 26 to May 19, be head of household and be a legal resident of the U.S.

FEMA teams will be in all 13 designated disaster counties—initially in Boone, Carroll, Clay, Fulton, Pulaski and Washington. They will also visit neighborhoods in Benton, Faulkner, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Saline and Yell.

Arkansas residents are reminded to ask for federal and state photo identification before providing personal information to FEMA team members.

Survivors should always contact their insurance company as well as register with FEMA for assistance. Teams can register Arkansans or applicants can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362, which is Video Relay Service accessible.

Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking may call
TTY 800-462-7585. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice.

Teams can address both immediate and emerging needs. Disaster survivors with communication-related disabilities—those who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or have low vision and those with speech disabilities—may request reasonable accommodation(s) to aid in communication.

When registering, be ready to provide:

Social Security number
Address of the damaged residence and type of damage
Insurance policy information;
Current contact information with an address to receive mail
Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit (if desired)

The application process ensures consideration for all FEMA grant programs and disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Assistance may include:

Grants to rent a temporary residence;
Grants for essential home repairs not covered by insurance;
Grants for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance — such as medical, dental, transportation, funeral expenses, moving and storage fees, personal property loss and child care;
Low-interest disaster loans from SBA to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance;
Help available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

A FEMA-contracted housing inspector may contact the applicant to schedule an appointment to visit the home depending on the type and source of storm-related damage. Inspectors have photo ID and carry the applicant’s FEMA registration number.

Inspectors are not authorized to approve applications, ask for bank account information, or charge for inspections. FEMA does not endorse any inspection or contract services. They will ask for proof of ownership (homeowners) or occupancy (renters, at time of disaster damage).

FEMA’s contracted housing inspectors verify disaster damage; they do not need to document all damage. They ask about damage to the structure and building systems and major appliances, and they enter the information electronically into FEMA computers.

An inspection generally requires 20-45 minutes to complete the assessment. To speed the process, applicants should keep appointments, alert inspectors to other disaster-related needs and provide photos and repair contracts for disaster repairs already made.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
June 30, 2017 – 16:53
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Arkansas Flood Survivors Urged to Register for FEMA Assistance
Release date:
June 23, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR001

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A June 15 major disaster declaration for Arkansas has opened the door for flood-stricken residents of 13 counties—Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell—to apply for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Residents should be aware that FEMA disaster assistance is for specific purposes centered on getting a disaster survivor into a functioning home that is safe for occupancy and secure. FEMA grants don’t cover all damage, especially to insured property, but residents with insurance are encouraged to apply anyway.

Insurance settlements often happen after the FEMA registration period has ended.

FEMA assistance is not the same as insurance and does not cover pre-disaster conditions. Essential personal property, such as a refrigerator, must be significantly damaged and the only such item in the home before replacement may be considered.

Residents of the 13 counties who sustained property damage or loss from the severe storms, tornados, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19, 2017, may apply in a variety of ways for assistance to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs or other disaster-related expenses.

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require special accommodations, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store, or visit fema.gov/mobile-app;

Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

Be ready to provide Social Security number, address of the damaged primary residence, description of damage, insurance policy information, current contact information including an address to receive mail, and bank account and routing numbers if direct deposit is desired.

Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources. Survivors contacted by SBA regarding a loan application should complete and submit it as soon as possible as it may open the door to other forms of assistance. There is no obligation to accept a loan.

Applicants receive a nine-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA. FEMA inspectors contact applicants to conduct a home inspection and carry the applicant’s registration number and photo ID.

Inspectors will never ask for bank account information, and there is no cost for the inspection. Beware of fraudulent inspectors or contractors claiming a fee must be paid to get help.

FEMA inspectors ask for proof of ownership or occupancy. Tax bills, utility bills, rent receipts or other documents may be used as documentation. Applicants also need to present a valid driver’s license or other photo ID.

It is important to read and follow up with any correspondence from FEMA. Survivors may have to log into their account on DisasterAssistance.gov or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 to keep the application process moving. Keep address and phone number current with FEMA so you can be reached during the application process.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and www.adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
June 30, 2017 – 16:48
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State/FEMA Disaster Center Has Whistle-Stop in Danville to Help Arkansans
Release date:
June 29, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR006

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A mobile State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will visit Danville in Yell County from Friday, June 30, to Sunday, July 2, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19.

The disaster center location and hours are as follows:

Yell County

Fire Training Center

309 Atlanta St.

Danville AR 72833

Hours:

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
June 30, 2017 – 08:37
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Steps to Disaster Assistance for Arkansans with Storm Damage
Release date:
June 30, 2017
Release Number:
AR-NR007

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Recovery from storm damage requires disaster survivors to take charge of their situation. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration disaster assistance is a process with steps for Arkansas residents to follow. Here’s a checklist:

Step One: Register with FEMA

Call 800-621-3362 for voice or Video Relay Service. For TTY, call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice. Online, go to DisasterAssistance.gov or use the FEMA mobile app
Survivors also can register with FEMA at a Disaster Recovery Center. Find the nearest center by going online to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers
If you have not done so, contact your insurance agent. FEMA does not duplicate insurance, but may help those who are underinsured or uninsured

When calling FEMA, have ready:

Social Security number
Address of the damaged primary residence or apartment
Description of damage
Information about insurance coverage
Current contact information with phone and an address to receive mail
Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of any approved grants. Bank information will not be requested anywhere else during the process and only if direct deposit is required.

FEMA cannot make you whole, but it may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, functional and secure. FEMA can also provide funds to rent a temporary residence for you and your family to stay in while you build your own recovery plan.

Step Two: Respond to SBA

The SBA may contact you with information about low-interest disaster loans for homeowners and renters after you apply for FEMA help. There’s no obligation to accept a loan offer, but SBA loans provide the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds for survivors.

If you don’t complete the SBA application, you cannot be considered for other FEMA grants to replace certain household items, repair or replace a damaged vehicle, and moving and storage costs. If SBA is unable to offer you a loan, it may refer you back to FEMA for these additional grants.

Besides physical damage loans, SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Step Three: Inspections

After survivors register, a FEMA-contracted inspector may call to set up an appointment to assess the damaged property. Inspectors will never ask for bank account information, and there is no cost for the inspection. They will ask for proof of ownership or occupancy of the damaged residence, such as an insurance policy, rent receipt or utility bill.

Step Four: Keep in Touch

FEMA will respond to applicants with a letter or SMS text message explaining the status of the application. It is important to read and follow up with any communication from FEMA, as applications cannot move forward if information is requested and not received. Survivors may have to log into their account on DisasterAssistance.gov or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 to keep the application process moving.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
June 30, 2017 – 08:46
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State/FEMA Disaster Centers Now Open in Faulkner, Washington Counties
Release date:
June 29, 2017
Release Number:
AR NR005

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Two more State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open Friday, June 30, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in April and May.

Center locations are as follows:

Faulkner County

McGee Center

3800 College Ave.

Conway AR 72034

Washington County

Fayetteville Executive Airport Terminal Building

4500 South School Ave.

Fayetteville AR 72701

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Disaster Recovery Centers will be closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of Independence Day.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. Registration is available online or by phone:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store;

Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
June 29, 2017 – 16:42
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Prairie, White, Woodruff Counties Added for FEMA-SBA Assistance
Release date:
June 29, 2017
Release Number:
AR-N004

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – FEMA disaster assistance to individuals impacted in the severe storms between April 26 and May 19 has been extended to three more Arkansas counties: Prairie, White and Woodruff.

The June 15 Major Disaster Declaration originally designated 13 counties—Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell— for assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. Prairie, White and Woodruff were added after a review of ongoing damage assessments by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA.

Survivors should always contact their insurance company as well as register with FEMA for assistance. Use one of the following methods to apply:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store;

Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546;
Register with FEMA at a Disaster Recovery Center. Find the nearest center by going online to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.

Be ready to provide Social Security number, address of the damaged primary residence, description of damage, insurance policy information, current contact information including an address to receive mail, and bank account and routing numbers if direct deposit is desired.

Disaster assistance for qualified applicants may include:

for rental assistance or temporary housing;
for home repairs not covered by insurance;
for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance—such as medical, dental, funeral, personal property, vehicles and moving and storage; and
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Loans may be available to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, and homeowners and renters for losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

FEMA disaster assistance is for specific purposes centered on getting a disaster survivor into a functioning home that is safe for occupancy and secure. FEMA grants do not cover all damage, especially to insured property, but residents with insurance are encouraged to apply anyway.

Disaster survivors with communication-related disabilities—those who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or have low vision and those with speech disabilities—may request reasonable accommodation(s) to aid in communication. Accommodations can be requested by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

A FEMA-contracted housing inspector may contact the applicant to schedule an appointment to visit the home depending on the type and source of storm-related damages. Inspectors have photo ID and carry the applicant’s FEMA registration number.

Inspectors are not authorized to approve applications, ask for bank account information, or charge for inspections. FEMA does not endorse any inspection or contract services. They will ask for proof of ownership (homeowners) or occupancy (renters, at time of disaster damage).

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
June 29, 2017 – 16:37
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Two Disaster Recovery Centers Open to Help Flooded Arkansans
Release date:
June 29, 2017
Release Number:
AR NR003

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Two State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open Thursday, June 29, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in April and May.

Center locations are as follows:

Randolph County

Randolph County Nursing Center

1405 Hospital Drive.

Pocahontas AR 72455

Lawrence County

Black River Fire Training Center

114 Wilson Drive

Walnut Ridge AR 72476

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. Registration is available online or by phone:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store, or visit fema.gov/mobile-app;

Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
June 29, 2017 – 08:53
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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Revised Flood Maps for Saline County, Arkansas
Release date:
June 27, 2017
Release Number:
R6-17-113

DENTON, Texas – Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate maps are ready for residents and business owners in four Saline County communities to review. Those communities include Alexander, Bauxite, Benton and Bryant.

Residents are encouraged to examine the maps to decide whether they need to buy flood insurance. Additionally, the flood maps allow residents and community leaders to make informed decisions about future building and development.

A team of local and state government officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency worked together to develop the revised preliminary maps.

The public can submit comments and appeals until July 5, 2017.

Appeals are formal objections to proposed base flood elevations or flood depths. They can also be made to Special Flood Hazard Areas boundaries and zones, or floodways. Appeals must be based on technical data showing proposed maps to be scientifically incorrect. Anyone making an appeal must include the method, data and analysis used to support the claim.

Comments are objections to a base map feature change such as labels, incorrect roads or jurisdictional boundaries. The public can send comments and appeals to their local floodplain administrator, who will forward them to FEMA for final resolution.

To see the revised flood maps, please contact the local floodplain administrator. Residents can also visit

http://maps.riskmap6.com/AR/Saline/. An online live flood map chat service is available at go.usa.gov/r6C. To contact a FEMA map specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627), or send an email to FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.

The next step is the resolution of all the comments and appeals. When that is complete, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

When a flood risk is identified, the next step is to consider purchasing a flood policy. Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program. Contacting a local insurance agent is the first step to gather information about insurance. For more information on the National Flood Insurance Program, contact the NFIP Call Center at 1-800-621-3362, Option #2.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

Last Updated:
June 27, 2017 – 17:25
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FEMA Teams Canvassing Neighborhoods to Help Arkansas Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 24, 2017
Release Number:
NR-002

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Federal disaster survivor assistance teams are working in storm–stricken neighborhoods, helping Arkansans register for FEMA disaster assistance, providing application updates and making referrals to additional resources when needed.

Additionally, housing inspectors contracted by FEMA are reviewing residential damages onsite. Applicants must have suffered storm damage during the period from April 26 to May 19, be head of household and be a legal resident of the U.S.

FEMA teams will be in all 13 designated disaster counties—initially in Boone, Carroll, Clay, Fulton, Pulaski and Washington. They will also visit neighborhoods in Benton, Faulkner, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Saline and Yell.

Arkansas residents are reminded to ask for federal and state photo identification before providing personal information to FEMA team members.

Survivors should always contact their insurance company as well as register with FEMA for assistance. Teams can register Arkansans or applicants can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362, which is Video Relay Service accessible.

Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking may call
TTY 800-462-7585. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice.

Teams can address both immediate and emerging needs. Disaster survivors with communication-related disabilities—those who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or have low vision and those with speech disabilities—may request reasonable accommodation(s) to aid in communication.

When registering, be ready to provide:

Social Security number
Address of the damaged residence and type of damage
Insurance policy information;
Current contact information with an address to receive mail
Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit (if desired)

The application process ensures consideration for all FEMA grant programs and disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Assistance may include:

Grants to rent a temporary residence;
Grants for essential home repairs not covered by insurance;
Grants for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance — such as medical, dental, transportation, funeral expenses, moving and storage fees, personal property loss and child care;
Low-interest disaster loans from SBA to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance;
Help available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

A FEMA-contracted housing inspector may contact the applicant to schedule an appointment to visit the home depending on the type and source of storm-related damage. Inspectors have photo ID and carry the applicant’s FEMA registration number

Inspectors are not authorized to approve applications, ask for bank account information, or charge for inspections. FEMA does not endorse any inspection or contract services. They will ask for proof of ownership (homeowners) or occupancy (renters, at time of disaster damage).

FEMA’s contracted housing inspectors verify disaster damage; they do not need to document all damage. They ask about damage to the structure and building systems and major appliances, and they enter the information electronically into FEMA computers.

An inspection generally requires 20-45 minutes to complete the assessment. To speed the process, applicants should keep appointments, alert inspectors to other disaster-related needs and provide photos and repair contracts for disaster repairs already made.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated:
June 26, 2017 – 11:39
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Arkansas Flood Survivors Urged to Register for FEMA Assistance
Release date:
June 23, 2017
Release Number:
NR-001

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A June 15 major disaster declaration for Arkansas has opened the door for flood-stricken residents of 13 counties—Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell—to apply for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Residents should be aware that FEMA disaster assistance is for specific purposes centered on getting a disaster survivor into a functioning home that is safe for occupancy and secure. FEMA grants don’t cover all damage, especially to insured property, but residents with insurance are encouraged to apply anyway.

Insurance settlements often happen after the FEMA registration period has ended.

FEMA assistance is not the same as insurance and does not cover pre-disaster conditions. Essential personal property, such as a refrigerator, must be significantly damaged and the only such item in the home before replacement may be considered.

Residents of the 13 counties who sustained property damage or loss from the severe storms, tornados, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19, 2017, may apply in a variety of ways for assistance to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs or other disaster-related expenses.

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require special accommodations, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store, or visit fema.gov/mobile-app;

Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

Be ready to provide Social Security number, address of the damaged primary residence, description of damage, insurance policy information, current contact information including an address to receive mail, and bank account and routing numbers if direct deposit is desired.

Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources. Survivors contacted by SBA regarding a loan application should complete and submit it as soon as possible as it may open the door to other forms of assistance. There is no obligation to accept a loan.

Applicants receive a nine-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA. FEMA inspectors contact applicants to conduct a home inspection and carry the applicant’s registration number and photo ID.

Inspectors will never ask for bank account information, and there is no cost for the inspection. Beware of fraudulent inspectors or contractors claiming a fee must be paid to get help.

FEMA inspectors ask for proof of ownership or occupancy. Tax bills, utility bills, rent receipts or other documents may be used as documentation. Applicants also need to present a valid driver’s license or other photo ID.

It is important to read and follow up with any correspondence from FEMA. Survivors may have to log into their account on DisasterAssistance.gov or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 to keep the application process moving. Keep address and phone number current with FEMA so you can be reached during the application process.

For updates on the Arkansas response and recovery, follow the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (@AR_Emergencies) on Twitter and Facebook and www.adem.arkansas.gov. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4318.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
June 26, 2017 – 10:37
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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

This is a Virtual Event –

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

Here is the PDF for this exercise: FFExerciseFlyer

Formidable Footprint is a nationwide series of exercises designed specifically for neighborhood

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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