Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, High Winds and Flooding (DR-1266)

Incident period: January 21, 1999 to January 31, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 23, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 1, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Residents of tornado-prone areas can get information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about how to build a "safe room" in their homes that can provide protection against deadly tornadoes. The 25-page illustrated FEMA publication, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House , outlines the basics of in-house safe room shelter design, including construction plans, materials and construction cost estimates.
January 29, 1999
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Local, state, and federal officials announced plans today to have a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) open in Lonoke County from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, February 1 and 2, 1999. Its location will be the South Bend Fire Station, 4414 Arkansas State Highway 294, South Bend. The center will provide opportunities for victims of the recent severe storms, tornadoes and high winds to meet with recovery experts and learn more about disaster assistance programs.
January 29, 1999
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Arkansas residents following recent severe storms and tornadoes. The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts to date.
January 28, 1999
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Arkansas Office of Emergency Services(OES)announced this morning that the Disaster Recovery Center in Wheatley will close at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, and re-open on Friday, January 29, in Independence County at the Community Center (old school cafeteria ) 4th Ave. and College Street, Newark.
January 28, 1999
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Clay and Lonoke counties have been added to the list of Arkansas counties eligible for federal disaster assistance, state and federal disaster recovery officials announced today. Graham Nance, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made the designation following a review of additional information regarding damages incurred because of the severe storms, tornadoes and high winds on January 21.
January 27, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- State and FEMA officials opened a Disaster Field Office (DFO) yesterday in Little Rock, Ark. to coordinate recovery operations stemming from last week's tornadoes. One shelter remains open in Little Rock (Pulaski County) and McRae (White County) while two are still open in Bebe, along with eight feeding sites around the affected area. A total of 88 people were sheltered overnight.

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