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Arkansas River Flood 2019 Recovery Resources and Information

Arkansas has been granted a Major Disaster Declaration. Counties available for Individual Assistance (Assistance to individuals and households) - Arkansas, Conway, Crawford, Desha, Faulkner, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Sebastian and Yell. Counties available for Public Assistance (Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities) - Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Jefferson, Logan, Perry, Pulaski, Searcy, Sebastian and Yell. All areas in the State of Arkansas are eligible for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The following resources below can help you during the clean-up and recovery process, Keep in mind that you should document any and all property damage and loss as that information will be helpful should you need to obtain formal assistance. 

To find resources specific to your community, click here to find the contact information for your county’s Emergency Management Office.

  

Disaster Recovery Centers:

Representatives from the State of Arkansas, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other organizations will be at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect impacted Arkansans with resources that best match their recovery needs.

Perry County
First Assembly of God
2151 Arkansas Hwy 60
Houston, AR 72070
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crawford County
Mulberry Community Center
29 Kirksey Parkway (Just off of Hwy 215N)
Mulberry, AR 72947
Hours: Monday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*Note: Closing permanently on Monday, July 15 at 3 p.m.

Yell County
Dardanelle Community Center
2011 Hwy 22 West
Dardanelle, AR 72834
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Faulkner County
Tornado Shelter
4 Grove Circle (Behind 1st Security Bank)
Mayflower, AR 72106
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pulaski County
North Little Rock Community Center
2700 Willow Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sebastian County
Central Mall
Suite 605
5111 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jefferson County
Donald W Reynolds Community Services Center
211 West 3rd Ave.
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Note: Closed Monday, 7/15 due to street flooding

Desha County
First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
230 Court Street
Dumas, AR 71639
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pope County
Atkins Fire Department
104 Ave 2 NE
Atkins, AR 72823
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  

More Resources & Information

Apply for FEMA Assistance 

Visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 to assess your needs and to find out what federal assistance may be available to you. If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

If you have specific questions about your eligibility, contact ADEM at 501-683-6700, or call your county emergency management coordinator. You can also consult this fact sheet provided by FEMA with more specifics regarding eligibility and how to apply for assistance.

FEMA Region 6: https://www.fema.gov/region-vi

  • Contact - Regional Office Main Number: 940-898-5399 | Twitter: @FEMARegion6
  • Disaster Assistance Essentials Information: https://www.fema.gov/media-library
  • FEMA Helpline (7am-11pm ET, 7 days a week): 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362); TTY 1-800-462-7585   

DisasterAssistance.gov: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

  • NOTE: The system will let you proceed if early registration is open for your state or county. Your application will be processed if your county is added to an active declaration.   

  

Homeowners in Need of Federal Disaster Assistance

Residents who are homeowners in Arkansas, Conway, Crawford, Desha, Faulkner, Jefferson, Logan, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Sebastian and Yell counties whose homes and property were damaged or uninhabitable may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. The first step is to contact your insurance company. You have to file a claim through your homeowner's or flood insurance policy before you can get help from FEMA. 

Next, you need to register with FEMA for assistance. To do so:

  • Go to www.disasterassistance.gov or
  • Call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Consider applying for a low-interest disaster loan if you are a renter.

Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339.

You can check to see if you are eligible for disaster assistance from other state, federal and voluntary organizations by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/find-assistance. This tool can help you identify available resources in your community.

 

Renters In Need of Federal Disaster Assistance:

Residents who are renters in Arkansas, Conway, Crawford, Desha, Faulkner, Jefferson, Logan, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Sebastian and Yell counties whose homes and property were damaged or uninhabitable may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. There are federal grants that can help pay for temporary housing. Disaster survivors may be eligible for housing assistance grants that could include rental assistance and temporary lodging reimbursement. Also, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to help Arkansas renters repair or replace disaster-damaged personal property, including automobiles.

The first step for renters is to register with FEMA for assistance. To do so:

  • Go to www.disasterassistance.gov or
  • Call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Consider applying for a low-interest disaster loan if you are a renter.

Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339.

You can check to see if you are eligible for disaster assistance from other state, federal and voluntary organizations by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/find-assistance. This tool can help you identify available resources in your community.

  

Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA opened a Business Recovery Center in Fort Smith on Friday, June 14th to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe storms and flooding that began May 21, 2019.


Sebastian County
Business Recovery Center
Chaffee Crossing
7000 Taylor Ave., Suite 1
Fort Smith, AR  72916
(Located next to the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority)
Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


For business owners who are unable to visit the business recovery center, you may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/elaThe deadline to apply for property damage is Aug. 7, 2019. The deadline to apply for economic injury is March 9, 2020.

  

Beware of Scams

Avoid being taken advantage of during the recovery process. Dishonest individuals have been known capitalize on natural disasters by preying on victims. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutlegde offers consumer protection tips for disaster victims so you can avoid these scams. 

If you suspect fraud, call local law enforcement of report it to the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline: 866-720-5721.

  

Agriculture Resources

USDA Disaster Assistance Program Information: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/

FSA Service Center Locator: https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?service=page/CountyMap&state=AR&stateName=Arkansas&stateCode=05

Twitter: @USDAFSA

USDA Risk Management Agency Agent Locator and Provider Information: https://www.rma.usda.gov/Information-Tools/Agent-Locator-Page

Twitter: @USDARMA

  

Tax Relief 

In early June, the Internal Revenue Service announced that individuals who reside or have a business in Arkansas, Conway, Crawford, Desha, Faulkner, Jefferson, Logan, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties may qualify for tax relief. Learn more here

  

MORE:

Arkansas.gov website: https://portal.arkansas.gov/pages/flood/

  

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management: https://adem.arkansas.gov/

Twitter: @AR_Emergencies | Facebook: @ARemergencies

  

The strength of Arkansas is its people. Arkansans are rising to meet this challenge as the rebuilding process from historic floods begins. My office is prepared to assist affected Arkansans however we possibly can. Please contact us by phone at (202) 224-4843 (DC Office), (501) 372-7153 (Little Rock Office), (479) 573-0189 (Fort Smith Office) – or by visiting my website at boozman.senate.gov

I’ve introduced a bill – the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act – which aims to achieve global gender parity in economic activity by expanding access to U.S. backed enterprise development programs for micro, small, and medium sized businesses and integrating gender analysis and equality into the strategies and projects undertaken by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

ICYMI: Tele-Town Hall

Aug 01 2018

Thank you to the Arkansans who participated in my most recent telephone town hall that we conducted on Monday, July 30. I appreciated hearing the concerns and answering questions about a wide range of issues important to them including veterans benefits. If you missed the event you can listen to the conversation here. 

Join our next tele-town hall by signing up here.

Veterans are used to being part of something bigger than themselves. I enjoyed getting to see that in action with Sheep Dog Impact Assistance in Gravette. Bringing together veterans and first responders to build camaraderie is a good approach to combatting the challenges facing many of our heroes.
The Senate started this week off by passing The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This vital national security bill authorizes $716 billion for our nation’s defense to ensure our military is prepared to address the wide-range of threats the U.S. and our allies face in the world today. I’m hopeful that my amendment will be included in the conference report that comes before the House and Senate, and eventually makes it to the president’s desk to become law. The feedback I’ve received from our military leaders tells me that we have to be strategic and clear-eyed about the situation developing in Eastern Europe and my amendment is just one piece within a larger blueprint to help the Pentagon toward this end.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is conducting a review of cases evaluated by a former pathologist at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center who was found to be impaired while at work. This physician has since been terminated. A preliminary investigation by the VA’s Office of the Inspector General found this physician misdiagnosed patients. The VA is now conducting a thorough review of all cases read by this pathologist and investigating the extent of misdiagnoses.

This misconduct is incredibly disturbing. Understandably, veterans and their families who receive care at the Fayetteville VA are frustrated and concerned about whether these misdiagnoses impact them. I am committed to getting answers for impacted veterans and their families and making sure the VA holds accountable those individuals responsible for this misconduct.

Unfortunately, at this time, we don’t know the extent of this pathologist’s errors. The VA is in the process of notifying patients whose cases were evaluated by this pathologist and will additionally contact these individuals after their case review is completed.

Patients who have questions or concerns can call 866-388-5428 or 479-582-7995. This call center is staffed by VA nurses specifically to answer questions and address patient concerns about this review process. 

The VA announced a town hall meeting to be held on Monday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville in the auditorium of building 3 to discuss updates about its pathology reviews. 

My office is ready and willing to help veterans and their families affected by this alleged negligence. For assistance, please call any of my Arkansas offices and let us know you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran who receives care at the Fayetteville VA. I am committed to ensuring that our veterans receive the health care they earned in service to our country and overseeing that the VA is providing the quality care they expect and deserve. 

My staff and I put together a video to show Arkansans what one of my typical days working for them in Washington, D.C. looks like. We wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on during an average day: meetings with Arkansans & stakeholders, attending committee hearings, giving a speech on the Senate floor and helping to celebrate worthy causes are just a few of the highlights. Watch the video to see for yourself how the day unfolds.

It's an honor to represent you. I'm working hard to use the power of this office for good, help make your life better and ensure that future generations will enjoy the many benefits our state and country have to offer.

A WIN-WIN for Arkansas, and for our nation.

That is how Carol Williams, the executive director of Land Trust Arkansas, describes the Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF WIN) Act—a bill I introduced with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to modernize our approach to funding water infrastructure. 

Carol’s piece in today’s edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is behind a paywall, but I’d like to highlight what she wrote about the SRF WIN Act. 

She writes

As chair of the Environment and Public Works' Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, Senator Boozman has introduced a bill which secures funding for the preservation and improvement of the processes which protect our natural surface and ground water, while assuring the proper re-entry of wastewater into our system of water resources.

This Senate bill is bipartisan and has become bicameral, with similar legislation introduced in the House. It provides leveraged funding of $50 billion over five years in secured loans to benefit communities both large and small. It is named the Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF WIN).

Its passage will be a WIN-WIN for Arkansas, and for our nation. 

Her praise for the SRF WIN Act comes on the heels of an Environment and Public Works (EPW) hearing where experts offered their support of the bill. 

During the hearing, Arkansas Rural Water Association Dennis Sternberg said it “would offer a new and efficient tool to leverage limited federal resources and stimulate additional investment in our nation’s infrastructure” and Kristina Swallow, the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, called it “one more tool in our tool box that will help our local communities fund the infrastructure that they need to serve their community’s needs.”

Last week, Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and I toured Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District in an effort to highlight small businesses. On the tour, we which called the #TalkSmallYall Small Business Tour, we listened to business owners, managers, employees and other key figures about what they are seeing and experiencing in today’s economy and we asked for input on how to make it easier for small businesses to grow and thrive.

More than 90 percent of Natural State businesses are small businesses. They employ nearly half of Arkansas employees. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, so Congressman Westerman and I wanted to hear directly from the people who are on the frontlines of economic activity. We’ll be taking their concerns and feedback to Washington, D.C. in order to help enact pro-growth policies that provide the predictability small-business owners need.

Here are some highlights from the #TalkSmallYall Small Business Tour as covered by media outlets in Arkansas: