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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Help Remains for Randolph 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 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...
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