NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- In order to provide accurate and timely information to the survivors, local and state partners, the media and the public in general, a full-scale, recovery-specific Web site is now in place at www.fema.gov/arkansas09.
The page includes a listing for all 38 counties designated for Public Assistance (PA) under the presidential disaster declaration, according to Kevin Hannes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) federal coordinating officer. To begin, click on the October Flooding 2009 button.
The Recovery Statistics button links readers to the PA disaster wide totals in each category.
If local officials or reporters want to know how much federal monetary assistance has been obligated in Pulaski County, for example, they can click on the button, Recovery Statistics, and then click on Pulaski County on the Arkansas map. These statistics, which are updated weekly, are broken down into categories of federal grants awarded for PA.
Additionally, the Hazard Mitigation button provides Best Practices mitigation reports from around the country. These publications contain stories about building techniques and other measures homeowners and businesses employed to protect their structures from the storms’ onslaught. More important, they contain mitigation advice and tips for others to use as they rebuild their homes and communities, making them stronger and safer.
Those interested in learning more about the federal and state response in the storms’ immediate aftermath and in the few weeks following can click on the About Disaster button in the left column for an overview of disaster information and a description of follow-up response and recovery activities.
Also prominent on the site is a Fast Facts widget with a regularly updated message on Arkansas recovery and other important information. Those wishing to add the widget to their own Web sites can simply click on it and follow the steps. In addition, the Press Releases button connects readers to news releases issued from the FEMA/State Joint Field Office in North Little Rock.
Another aspect of the Arkansas site is its connection to FEMA's main Web site, www.fema.gov. Since the site is hosted by the fema.gov site, readers have direct access to FEMA news of national interest as well as to the site's vast resources. The buttons across the top of the Arkansas page: Home, Disaster Information, Plan Ahead, etc. connect readers to the main FEMA Web site.
Although onsite Web team and other program specialists created the site as a one-stop location for Arkansas-related information, they are continuing to provide news releases, public service announcements, fact sheets and other communiqués regarding this disaster to the media and our state and local partners. Program specialists continue to meet directly with state and community leaders as well as affected Arkansans.
Because the public gets its information in so many different ways today, FEMA is dedicated to utilizing communications tools that go beyond the traditional forms of media.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.