Arkansas Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1834)

Incident period: April 9, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 27, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 27, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark -- With the Mena Disaster Recovery Center closing on Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plans to continue to assist those with SBA needs as it transitions to a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) with a new location. The DLOC will open on Monday, June 1, at the Mena Fire Station #1, 603 DeQueen St., in Mena. Hours will be: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
May 26, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --Arkansans in Ashley, Miller, Polk and Sevier counties who were affected by the April 9 severe storms and tornadoes have only one month left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible state and federal disaster assistance. May 26 marks the halfway point in the 60-day registration period. Registrations cannot be accepted after the June 26, 2009 deadline.
May 26, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  -- The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announce the closing of the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Mena on May 29, 2009. The DRC has provided recovery information to 800 residents who were affected by the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9. The center in Polk County is located at the following address and will continue with normal hours of operation until the closing at 6 p.m. on May 29.
May 22, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State and federal officials announce that more than $1.7 million in disaster aid has been approved for residents in Ashley, Miller, Polk, and Sevier counties who are recovering from the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9. Recovery information is as follows: $922,000 is approved to help disaster-affected Arkansans with temporary housing and home repairs.
May 21, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Typically when disaster strikes, the first reaction is to address personal and family safety issues, followed by a concern for material losses. Fortunately, there are mechanisms in place that immediately respond to the urgent needs of citizens. There is another equally important element of disaster recovery that is not so widely publicized called Public Assistance (PA).
May 21, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State and federal officials want to remind those who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that updating their disaster information can be done with a simple phone call to FEMA; registering more than once can complicate the process and may delay assistance.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Arkansas, FEMA-1834-DR (PDF 22KB)
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