Key Steps to Recover Documents for FEMA Disaster Assistance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Many Arkansans lost important items in the severe storms between April 26 and May 19, including documents the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA need to process disaster assistance applications.If papers are gone – such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, tax records, insurance policies, etc.— many can be replaced by contacting sources of information, such as vital records offices, Social Security agencies, insurance offices and other organizations or agencies.Disaster survivors need to provide proof of citizenship, proof of property ownership or rental occupancy,...

July 31, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 31, 2017 Significant Activity for July 28-31, 2017 Significant Events: NoneTropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Tropical Storm Emily; Disturbance 1 - Low (10%)•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Irwin; Disturbance 1 - Medium (40%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interestsSignificant Weather:  •  Flash flooding possible – NM, OK, TX, & FL   •  Space weather:    ○  Past 24 hours: None observed   ○  Next 24 hours: None predictedEarthquake Activity: No significant activityDeclaration Activity: FMAG Approved: Lodgepole Complex Fire -...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, July 30, 2017 Significant Activity for July 29-30, 2017 Significant Events: NoneTropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Disturbance 1 - Low (near 0%); Disturbance 2 - Low (10%)•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Hilary; Tropical Storm Irwin; Disturbance 1 - Low (near 0%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interestsSignificant Weather:  •  Flash flooding possible – AZ, NM, CO, KS, OK, TX, & FL  •  Isolated dry thunderstorms – ID, MT, & WY  •  Elevated...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, July 29, 2017 Significant Activity for July 28-29, 2017 Significant Events: NoneTropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%)•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Hilary; Tropical Storm Irwin; Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next five days•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interestsSignificant Weather:  •  Flash flooding possible – AZ, NM, CO, & KS •  Isolated dry thunderstorms – OR, ID, MT, CA, & NV •  Space weather:    ○  Past 24 hours: None...

Friday, July 28, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, July 28, 2017 Significant Activity for July 27-28, 2017 Significant Events: NoneTropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%)•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Hilary; Tropical Storm Irwin•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next five days•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interestsSignificant Weather:  •  Flash Flooding possible – Southwest to Central Plains; Southern Appalachians to Mid-Atlantic•  Elevated fire weather – MT•  Isolated dry thunderstorms – WA, OR, ID, MT & WY•  Space weather:    ○  Past 24 hours: None...

Common Sense May Avoid Problems with Repair Contractors

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...

July 27, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 27, 2017 Significant Events: None  Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) • Eastern Pacific – Hurricane Hilary (CAT 1); Tropical Storm Irwin; Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) • Central Pacific – Post-Tropical Cyclone Greg - FINAL • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests   Significant Weather: • Flash flooding possible – Southwest to Central Rockies, Southern Plains; Lower/Middle Mississippi  valleys to Tennessee and Ohio valleys and Central Appalachians • Elevated fire weather – WA & OR •...

Take Charge of Your Disaster Recovery with These Steps

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...

July 26, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 26, 2017 Significant Events: None  Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) • Eastern Pacific – Tropical Depression Greg; Hurricane Hilary (CAT 2); Hurricane Irwin (CAT 1); Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) • Central Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests  Significant Weather:  • Severe thunderstorms possible – Upper/Middle Mississippi valleys to Great Lakes • Flash flooding possible – Central Plains to Great Lakes • Isolated dry thunderstorms – CA, OR,...

Help Remains for Washington County Residents after Disaster Center Closes

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...