LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Disaster survivors in Randolph County have until Saturday evening to visit in person with state and federal recovery specialists at the Disaster Recovery Center in Pocahontas. Effective June 6, the center transitions to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC).
The recovery center offers disaster survivors in northeastern Arkansas the chance to sit down with specialists from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the SBA. To date, more than 200 people have visited the center.
To expedite the assistance process, Arkansans are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. They may register through any one of FEMA's registration portals: online at www.disasterassistance.gov; via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov; or by telephone toll free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Specialists are available by phone from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week.
The recovery center's hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Saturday. The address is Pocahontas Community Center, 300 Geneva Dr., Pocahontas, AR 72455.
As a DLOC, the center's hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
SBA representatives at the DLOC will answer questions and assist survivors with applications for low-interest disaster loans. The establishment of a DLOC demonstrates the SBA's commitment to ensuring that all qualified individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses receive the help they need to recover from the disaster.
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.