LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- To continue serving Arkansans affected by the spring storms, tornadoes and flooding in the Phillips County area, the state/federal Disaster Recovery Center in Helena is transitioning Wednesday to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC).
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.
The good news for survivors in the Helena area who still have questions for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is that FEMA specialists will be available at the DLOC through Saturday.
The address is Phillips Community College, Helena-West Helena campus, Nursing Building, Room 110, 1000 Campus Drive, Helena, AR 72342. The center will be open Wednesday through Saturday and thereafter on weekdays only. Hours are Monday through Friday (and Saturday, June 11, only) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To expedite the assistance process, Arkansans are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a DLOC. 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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is the state's homeland security and preparedness agency. The agency works to identify and lessen the effects of emergencies, disasters and threats to Arkansas by developing effective prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery actions for all disasters and emergencies. For additional information, contact ADEM at (501) 683-6700 or visit the website at www.adem.arkansas.gov.
SBA is the federal government’s primary source of funding for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).
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.