Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1861)
Incident period: October 29, 2009 to November 8, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 3, 2009
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.