ARKANSAS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

ARKANSAS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

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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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

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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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Jackson County, AR
Release date:
May 3, 2016
Release Number:
R6-16-017

DENTON, Texas– There are new, preliminary flood maps for residents and business owners in Jackson County to review. Local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials teamed up to produce them.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to view the maps for a better understanding of their flood risks. This understanding will help make informed decisions about building plans. It will also help decide whether to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.

The public is invited to participate in an appeal and comment period about the maps. Anyone who wishes to file an appeal or comment has until June 28, 2016, for submission.

What’s the difference between an appeal and a comment?

Appeals are formal objections to proposed base flood elevations or flood depths. They can also be submitted for 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. Comments can be made for any other non-appealable change. Residents can send comments and appeals to their local floodplain administrator, who will forward them to FEMA for final resolution.

Reviewing the maps can be accomplished by visiting the county of community floodplain administrator’s office, or:

• Viewing the preliminary flood map at: http://maps.riskmap6.com/AR/Jackson/
• Using a live chat service about flood maps at go.usa.gov/r6C, just click on the “Live Chat” icon;
• Contacting a FEMA Map Specialist at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.

The next step is the resolution of all the comments and appeals. When complete, FEMA notifies 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. They are available from the National Flood Insurance Program. Contacting a local insurance agent is the first step to gather information about insurance. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531 to locate an agent in your area.

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:
May 3, 2016 – 16:43
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Federal Disaster Assistance Includes Right of Appeal
Release date:
March 18, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4254-AR NR 032

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Not every Arkansas resident who registered for federal disaster assistance following the late December – January storms and flooding will qualify for aid. But an appeal process can ensure those affected by the storm will receive all aid to which they are legally eligible.

Applicants must file their appeal within 60 days of receiving FEMA’s assistance decision by mail. This letter describes the amount of or type of assistance being offered.

To file an appeal, write a letter explaining why the amount or type of assistance received is not correct. The letter should include any documents supporting the applicant’s claim.

The letter should also include:

the FEMA Disaster number (DR-4254-AR);
the applicant’s FEMA registration number;
the last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number; and
the applicant’s name on all pages of the letter.

The letter must be signed, dated and mailed 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 to: Attention – FEMA.

Additional information is available on page 10 of the FEMA booklet, “Help after a Disaster: Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals & Households Program.” This free booklet is available in multingual formats as a PDF that may be downloaded at https://www.fema.gov/help-after-disaster.

Residents of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Little River, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties may be eligible for assistance and encouraged to register with FEMA before the April 5, 2016 deadline.

To register:

Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
Go to www.disasterassistance.gov.

The toll free lines operate from 7 a.m.to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

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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:
March 18, 2016 – 12:57

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FEMA Offers Free Resources for Property Owners Rebuilding after Disaster
Release date:
March 17, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4254-AR NR 031

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – FEMA offers a wide range of free resources for Arkansas homeowners who are either rebuilding after the winter storms or preparing for the next time disaster strikes.

FEMA maintains an extensive online library, including bilingual and multimedia resources, which describe the measures contractors or do-it-yourselfers can take to reduce risks to property. FEMA publications can be viewed online and downloaded to any computer.

For rebuilding information, go to www.fema.gov and click on “Plan, Prepare and Mitigate.” There are numerous links to resources and topics including “Protecting Homes,” “Protecting Your Business” and “Safe, Strong and Protected Homes and Communities.” There are also links to information about disaster preparedness.

The decision to rebuild stronger, safer and smarter may save lives and property in a future disaster.

http://www.fema.gov/protect-your-property – offers a comprehensive overview of available publications to help protect your home or business against hazards including earthquakes, fire, flood, high winds and others.

http://www.fema.gov/small-business-toolkit/protect-your-property-or-business-disaster – provides links to resources for protecting your community, your business and places of worship, and offers helpful links like these:

Protect Your Business from All Natural Hazards
Protect Your Property from an Earthquake
Protect Your Property from Fire
Protect Your Property from Flooding
Protect Your Property from High Winds

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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:
March 17, 2016 – 12:35

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Free Legal Aid Offered to Arkansas Storm Survivors
Release date:
March 10, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4254-AR NR 026

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas residents who need legal advice as a result of the severe storms in late December – January can get free help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its local partners.

Free legal assistance on topics related to the storm recovery is provided by the Arkansas Bar and the Young Lawyers’ Section, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Arkansas Emergency Management Agency, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, and Legal Aid of Arkansas.

The service is available to individuals affected by the storms in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Little River, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties.

The toll-free number for the Young Lawyers’ Disaster Legal Services in Arkansas is 800-609-5668. Legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys are available to assist with almost any legal issue that arises from a presidentially-declared disaster including:

Help with disaster-related health, property, life insurance claims, etc.;
Replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster;
Help with home repair contracts and contractors;
Counseling on mortgage and foreclosure problems;
Consumer protections for issues like price gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process;
Assistance securing FEMA benefit claims;
Employment law; and
Civil Rights.

Additional information is available by calling Disaster Legal Services Helpline at 800-609-5668.

FEMA’s Disaster Legal Services (DLS) program provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals who, prior to or because of the disaster, are unable to secure legal services adequate to meet their disaster-related needs. DLS is provided only to survivors of presidentially declared major disasters and is limited to cases that will not produce a fee. All information is confidential.

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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:
March 14, 2016 – 09:51

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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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