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

January 6, 2010
News Release
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The figures are remarkable. Since 1978, Arkansans with flood insurance have received more than $54,493,544 in loss payments. In the last fiscal year alone, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid out 210 claims to state policyholders to the tune of more than $2.6 million. And this year, water-logged state residents with and without flood insurance are faced with an enormous new set of rebuilding and repairing costs after the severe storms and flooding.
December 29, 2009
News Release
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Only three days remain until the Jan. 2 deadline for Arkansas state and local agencies and certain private non-profit organizations that may be eligible for federal disaster assistance to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM).
December 26, 2009
News Release
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Public Assistance process, targeting roads and bridges for damages inflicted by the severe storms and flooding in late October, is well underway in Arkansas. The Public Assistance (PA) program is helping state and local governments as well as certain Private Non-Profit organizations (PNPs) recover from the disaster. The storms and tornados that blew through the state left debris in the streets and severely damaged roads and bridges.
December 24, 2009
News Release
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Certain private nonprofit (PNP) groups that experienced damages from storms between Oct. 29 and Nov. 8 may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). All PNPs that experienced damages may apply for disaster assistance by calling the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) Recovery Branch, 501-683-6700. PNPs must first apply for assistance no later than Jan. 2, 2010, by contacting ADEM Recovery Branch, 501-683-6700.
December 19, 2009
News Release
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Jan. 2 deadline is set for state agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in some designated Arkansas counties to apply for federal funds to help offset eligible expenses related to tornadoes and storms in late October. Applicants must submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPA) to the state within 30 days of the date the area was designated part of the federal major disaster declaration.
December 18, 2009
News Release
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Multiple federal agencies and departments are here to help Arkansas recover from damages incurred during the severe storms and flooding last October. As a result of the federal disaster declaration, Arkansas became eligible to receive restoration funding in the form of loans and grants.

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