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First Letter May Not Be the Last Word from FEMA

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:39

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Applicants who receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) saying they are ineligible for disaster assistance after the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding on April 27 may discover that a “no” can be turned into a “yes.”

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FEMA Public Assistance Expanded to 11 Counties

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:34

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today has expanded federal disaster aid to 11 Arkansas counties. This action makes Clay, Cleburne, Faulkner, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and White counties eligible for reimbursement for a portion of their expenses due to the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

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Free Legal Services for Arkansas Disaster Survivors

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:28

Little Rock, Ark. – Besides the physical, emotional and mental challenges they pose, disasters such as the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and floods may leave some survivors with legal issues. Arkansans who need help with storm-related legal issues but can’t afford a lawyer may find one for free. If you’re in this situation or know someone who is, this is what you need to know:

How to request free legal help:

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Disaster Recovery Center Opening in Hard-Hit Vilonia

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:23

Little Rock, Ark. – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Monday in Vilonia in Faulkner County, giving storm survivors there the chance to talk directly with qualified disaster assistance personnel.  

Disaster Recovery Centers gather different state and federal agencies and programs under one roof, offering survivors convenient access to guidance from a number of resources.

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Hours to Change at Mayflower Disaster Recovery Center

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:18

Little Rock, Ark. – Effective Monday, May 12, the operating hours for the State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Mayflower, Ark., will change.

The new operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The center is located at 600 Highway 365, Mayflower, AR 72106.

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Beware of Scams and Fraudulent Phone Calls

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:16

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – State and federal recovery officials urge Arkansas residents affected by the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and floods to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.

As government agencies and charitable groups continue to provide disaster assistance, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors. Since the recovery effort began, authorities have received reports of unscrupulous individuals trying to do just that.  

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Oceanport's Chris Baggot: From Sandy Survivor to Sandy Recovery Coordinator

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:49

LINCROFT, N.J. -- As Deputy Coordinator of the Oceanport, N.J. Office of Emergency Management, Chris Baggot has weathered a lot of storms.

But nothing so profoundly altered the landscape of his community like Hurricane Sandy.

The 3.7 square mile town on the Shrewsbury River was devastated by the storm. Five hundred of the 2000 homes in this close-knit community were substantially damaged or destroyed. Oceanport also lost its police station, its borough hall, its ambulance squad building, its library and its courthouse.

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Okaloosa and Walton Residents Now Eligible for Disaster Assistance

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 16:38

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Survivors in Okaloosa and Walton counties whose homes were damaged during the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding in the Florida Panhandle are now eligible to apply for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 10:26

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida survivors affected by the recent series of storms, tornadoes and flooding can now visit disaster recovery centers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties if they have questions about disaster assistance.

The disaster recovery centers will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Center locations are:

Escambia County

Brownsville Community Center

2100 W. DeSoto St.

Pensacola, FL 32505

 

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FEMA Specialists Reach Out to Survivors in Florida Panhandle Communities

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 17:19

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – Specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are reaching out to survivors in Florida’s hardest hit Panhandle communities to help individuals register for assistance. Survivors may meet a specialist in their neighborhood or speak to one on the phone.

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As Recovery Centers Transition, Help Continues

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 20:08

EVERETT, Wash. – Starting Monday, May 12, local, state and federal representatives will continue to meet individually with SR530 Slide survivors at the Snohomish County Family Resource Center in Darrington.

At the center, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will operate a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC). SBA representatives will continue to answer questions, explain the application process, help homeowners, renters and owners of businesses of all sizes apply for low-interest disaster loans.  

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Completed SBA Loan Application May Trigger Additional FEMA Grants

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 16:07

EVERETT, Wash. – SR530 Slide survivors who are notified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that they may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans should work with the SBA to complete the application, according to officials with the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).     

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Tuckerton Restaurant Rebuilds With Improved Disability Access

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:05

LINCROFT, N.J .-- When the Panini Bay Waterfront Restaurant in Tuckerton was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, owner and chef Ivar Johnson had several critical decisions to make. Chief among them was how to maintain wheelchair access for customers with disabilities while elevating the remaining structure and adding additional mitigation features.

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Five More Alabama Counties Added for FEMA Individual Assistance

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 20:14

CLANTON, Ala. – Survivors in Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Mobile and Tuscaloosa counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance, as they were added Thursday to the major disaster declaration for the recent tornadoes and flooding in Alabama.

Individuals and households in the five counties may now register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance, and report their uninsured or underinsured property damage from the severe storms during the period of April 28 through May 5.

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Florida Panhandle Counties Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 19:03

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Survivors in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties who sustained property damage as a result of the recent severe storms and flooding in Florida are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.

Disaster survivors have several ways to apply:

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