LITTLE ROCK, Ar. -- The federal-State Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Marmaduke (Greene County) will end its operations at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6th, officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) announced today.
Greene County DRC
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11998 Highway 49 North
(at Smoot Mobile Home Sales)
Marmaduke, AR 72443
Since opening on April 17th, the Greene County DRC has already served 474 homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that struck the area on April 1st through the 3rd.
The Greene County DRC is staffed by personnel from FEMA, ADEM and the Small Business Administration (SBA) who can answer questions and provide recovery information and written materials about various assistance programs available to individuals and business owners. Representatives from other disaster assistance agencies will also have personnel at the DRC.
“DRCs are opened to assist people during the initial phase of a disaster,” said Carlos Mitchell, federal coordinating officer for the recovery effort. “Even after the centers close, FEMA support for applicants continues through the toll-free disaster helpline.”
The FEMA Helpline number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1 800 462 7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. The phone lines are available 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice. Disaster assistance program specialists will be standing by to assist those affected by the disaster.
“After the DRC closes on May 6th, those who may need answers to questions, information about assistance programs, or those who may need to check the status of their application or update their information may call the helpline for the same services and information,” explained Richard Griffin, the state coordinating officer with ADEM.
To register for federal and state disaster assistance for losses between April 1st and 3rd, those affected by the storms and tornadoes may call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The hearing- or speech-impaired may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Both numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. An application can also be filed online at www.fema.gov.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.