Dr. Boozman's Check-up
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, 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, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, 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.
Resources & Information:
Apply for FEMA Assistance
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
- 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.
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.
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/ela. The 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.
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.
Arkansas.gov website: https://portal.arkansas.gov/pages/flood/
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management: https://adem.arkansas.gov/
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
Aug 31 2018
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.
Jun 22 2018
Jun 18 2018
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.
Tony St. James—host of “All Ag, All Day”—was kind enough to swing by my office during his second annual “All Ag, All Day DC Capitol Ag Tour.” We had a very good visit where we discussed the Farm Bill, hunger relief efforts and trade with Cuba.
The audio of my interview, along with the wide array of others Tony conducted during the tour, is available online here.
May 11 2018
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.
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.”
May 11 2018
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.
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: