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 12, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Rebuilding or repairing a home after the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9 can be an overwhelming task. But with the right information, homeowners can build back in a way that may reduce or mitigate future damage. Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be demonstrating building techniques and offering free professional advice at the following locations:
May 12, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State and federal officials caution those whose homes were damaged from the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9 to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean and repair disaster damaged property or remove disaster debris. Do some checking and verify their credentials.
May 11, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Before beginning new construction or repairs to property damaged by the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9, Arkansas residents are encouraged to consult local building officials to get the necessary permits. "Obtaining building permits may be a necessary step for those with homes or businesses damaged from the storms," said Coordinating Officer Richard Griffin of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM). "Residents who are rebuilding need to know that building permits are based on local codes and ordinances that are enforced locally."
May 11, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announce the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Ashley County at Crossett on Thursday, May 14, at noon. The DRC will be located at:Meridian Baptist Church Fellowship Hall4593 Ashley St.Crossett, AR 71635 Hours are as follows: Thursday, May 1412 noon to 6 p.m. Friday/Saturday, May 15-169 a.m to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17closed Monday, May 189 a.m to 6 p.m.
May 9, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management officials urge residents and business owners dealing with damages and losses from the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9 to adopt a take-charge action plan that may help speed up the possibility of obtaining state and federal disaster aid. Register Now:
May 7, 2009
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announce the re-opening of a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Miller County on Monday, May 11 for two days. The Sevier DRC will close on Sunday, May 10. The Miller County DRC in Doddridge will be open for two days only: Monday, May 11 and Tuesday May 12. The center will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12. The address is as follows:

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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