Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
March 22, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sponsoring a campaign to educate consumers about floods and flood insurance. The nationwide FloodSmart consumer campaign seeks to educate homeowners on protecting their homes and property from flooding, and on the need to understand that homeowners insurance will not cover damage from floods.
March 16, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- Ninety nine percent of Arkansas homeowners and business owners do not have flood insurance. Of the state’s past 35 presidential disaster declarations, 24 have involved a flood...that figures two out of every three occurrences involve flooding. "Both the history of flooding in this state and the many floods throughout the midsection of our nation are reminders that flooding is a serious risk to Arkansas residents and the economy," said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
March 8, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Even if you don’t live near water your home still has a chance of being flooded. In fact, 25 to 30 percent of flood insurance claims are paid in low risk areas. But the good news is a Preferred Risk Policy provides flood protection for properties outside of high-risk areas at substantially lower premiums.
March 3, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has revised the flood maps for many areas of Arkansas. Pulaski County Flood Insurance Rate maps are in the appeal period and will be released at a future date. The revised maps will allow community planners, engineers, builders and others to make important determinations about where and how new structures and developments should be built.
February 24, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- “Public Assistance (PA) helps to strengthen communities that do not have the means or resources to bounce back quickly from a natural disaster,” according to Richard Griffin, state coordinating officer. “It reimburses local governments for costs they’ve had to expend because of a disaster and it allows them to plan for rebuilding with prevention in mind.”
February 22, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Recovery from the Arkansas severe storms and flooding won't be complete until state and local officials consider how to help prevent or to minimize losses in a future disaster. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Agency (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer mitigation assistance through a variety of programs.
February 12, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Nina Thornton, mayor for the city of Hardy in Sharp County, is telling all listeners the benefits of working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation team. “They have been wonderful. FEMA’s mitigation people worked with us and proposed a solution to a problem that was causing a lot of grief to the residents of this community of 754 people in northeast Arkansas,” commented Mayor Thornton.
February 3, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- One-fourth of all businesses that close because of a disaster never reopen, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. But businesses that have a disaster preparedness plan - and implement it - typically have less damage, loss and downtime than those that do not.
January 25, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- After disaster events, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides technical assistance to the state of Arkansas and local governments to preserve historic, cultural and natural aspects of national heritage throughout the recovery process. These frequently asked questions explain the basics of the Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Program and answer questions on funding and resources. Q: How does FEMA assess damages to historical properties and cultural resources after disaster events?
January 14, 2010
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Arkansas recently finished their initial meetings with public assistance applicants.