LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Franklin and Johnson county disaster survivors have continuing opportunities to meet with state and federal specialists at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in their counties.
Effective Wednesday, the quick-response Disaster Assistance Centers transitioned to recovery centers. They will continue to offer one-on-one assistance by representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). A wider range of information about state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Internal Revenue Service, will also be available.
The Franklin County DRC is in the Ozark Elementary School cafeteria at 1601 Walden Drive, Ozark. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Johnson County DRC is in the Marvin Vinson Center at 1611 Oakland Street, Clarksville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Johnson and Franklin counties received a presidential disaster declaration July 8 following the storms, tornadoes and floods that hit the area May 24-26. Residents of the two counties have until September 6 to register for disaster-related assistance offered by the state and FEMA. So far, more than 250 Franklin and Johnson county residents have registered with FEMA.
Survivors can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. FEMA phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week; multilingual operators are available.
FEMA also has a number of social media outlets to permit anyone to follow developments in the Arkansas disaster recovery. Find FEMA tweets about recovery efforts at www.twitter.com/femaregion6. Other online resources include http://blog.fema.gov, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.
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.