Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1472)

Incident period: May 2, 2003 to June 10, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 6, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 18, 2003
News Release
Sherwood, AR -- Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Coordinating Officer Rich Griffin of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) remind those who0 have been affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in Arkansas between May 2 and June 10, 2003 to register for assistance as soon as possible. Registrations are accepted by calling toll-free to 800/621-FEMA (3362) or TTY: 800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired.
July 8, 2003
News Release
Sherwood, AR -- As of close of business Monday (July 7, 2003) more than 1,200 Arkansans have applied for federal assistance to help with uninsured and underinsured damages to their primary residences caused by the May tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding.
June 27, 2003
News Release
Sherwood, AR -- Inspectors are now in the field verifying damages to homes and businesses caused by the storms that began May 2 through June 10 in many Arkansas counties. Disaster recovery officials advise applicants to ask for identification from anyone saying they are damage inspectors. All inspectors carry official photo identification. If an inspector is not wearing an identification card or badge, ask to see it. Individuals who have applied for disaster assistance can expect to hear from several different inspectors within the coming weeks.
June 26, 2003
News Release
Sherwood, AR -- Certain private non-profit (PNP) groups that experienced damages from storms between May 2 and June 10 may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), even though they may not have been eligible in the past. FEMA recently revised the policy on the eligibility of PNP groups.
June 26, 2003
News Release
Sherwood, AR -- State and federal officials are asking everyone who may have suffered a loss during the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes from May 2 through June 10 to be on the alert for people trying to cheat them. "I'm sad to say that even in times of disaster and loss, there are some people out there who prey on victims who have already suffered enough," said Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman. "We intend to turn over every report of fraudulent activity to law enforcement for investigation and prosecution, and we urge people to report it to us."
June 25, 2003
News Release
Sherwood, AR -- Inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other disaster assistance agencies are in the field as an important part of the recovery process for individuals and business owners in the 19 Arkansas counties affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 2 through June 10, 2003.

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