Help Remains for Faulkner 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 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...

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Oklahoma

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of Oklahoma.Assistance for State, Tribal, and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health.  Emergency protective measures assistance is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis. (Source: FEMA funded, state...

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding from May 16, 2017 to May 20, 2017.Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work, and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in...

SBA Key to Individual and Business Disaster Recovery in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is the largest source of federal recovery funds for disaster survivors and businesses, including those affected in the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19.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...

July 25, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 25, 2017 Significant Events: None Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours • Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Greg; Hurricane Hilary; Hurricane Irwin • Central Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Severe thunderstorms – Northern Plains to Great Lakes • Flash flooding possible – Central Great Basin/Southwest to Central Rockies and Northern Plains to Upper Mississippi Valley • Significant river flooding – IA and IL • Isolated...

An Additional $9 Million Helps Governments, Schools with Flood Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. — More than $9 million in recent federal funding will assist Louisiana public services and schools recover from the August 2016 floods.The funding reimburses them for disaster-related costs. Below are some examples:• The City of Baton Rouge has been approved for $2.9 million to replace 92 police vehicles. The amount includes extra equipment in the vehicles.• The City of Denham Springs has been approved for $1.5 million to help repair gas utility equipment.So far, about $90 million has been approved for education. The recent funding includes two schools:• Glen Oaks High...

Disaster Assistance Isn’t Taxable and Won’t Affect Social Security

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,...

Monday, July 24, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, July 24, 2017 Significant Activity for July 21-24, July 2017 Significant Events: NoneTropical Activity:•  Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Greg; Hurricane Hilary; Tropical Storm Irwin•  Central Pacific – Post-Tropical Cyclone Fernanda (FINAL)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interestsSignificant Weather:  •  Flash Flooding possible – Central Great Basin/Southwest to Central/Southern Rockies and Lower Mississippi Valley/Southeast•  Significant River Flooding – Southeastern WI and northern IL•  Elevated Fire weather – ID, MT, ND, and SD•  Isolated Dry...

Sunday, July 23, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, July 23, 2017 Significant Activity for July 22-23, 2017 Significant Events: NoneTropical Activity:•  Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Greg; Tropical Storm Hilary; Tropical Storm Irwin•  Central Pacific – Post-Tropical Cyclone Fernanda (FINAL)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interestsSignificant Weather:  •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Middle Mississippi and Ohio valleys to Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic•  Flash flooding possible – Southwest to Southern Rockies and Appalachians•  Significant river flooding – Southeastern WI and northern IL•  Elevated...

July 22, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 22, 2017 Significant Events: None  Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours • Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Greg; Tropical Depression Nine-E; Disturbance 1 – High (90%) • Central Pacific – Tropical Depression Fernanda • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests  Significant Weather:  • Severe thunderstorms possible – Upper Mississippi Valley to Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Mid-Atlantic • Flash flooding possible – Southwest to Central/Southern Rockies • Elevated Fire Weather – MT, ND & SD; Isolated dry...