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Arkansas County Residents Can Find Help at a Disaster Recovery Center in Desha County

Release date: 
June 29, 2019
Release Number: 
NR-20

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Flood survivors in Arkansas County can visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Desha County to obtain recovery information and disaster assistance.

The Disaster Recovery Center is located at:

DESHA COUNTY

First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
230 Court Street
Dumas, AR 71639
Hours: Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Disaster survivors can visit any DRC location for assistance. Use the FEMA mobile app or visit www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers for center locations and times.

DRCs are readily accessible facilities or mobile offices set up in a central location near disaster-impacted areas where survivors can find out information about FEMA programs or other disaster assistance programs, and to ask questions related to their case.

Representatives from local and state agencies, volunteer groups, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

Although FEMA cannot make you whole, it may be able to help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, sanitary and secure.

Disaster survivors can visit DRCs to receive:

• Information regarding Individuals and Households Program assistance

• Clarification of any written correspondence received

• Answers to questions and resolution to problems

• Status of applications being processed by FEMA

• Submission of additional requested documentation to FEMA

• Information regarding Disaster Legal Services and Disaster Unemployment Assistance

• Assistance in completing SBA applications

• Access to representatives from state and local services and voluntary agencies

• Other resources provided by state, local governments and non-profit agencies

In addition to the services above, DRCs provide assistive devices for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs that help them receive information in their preferred method of communication. The devices are available for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or have low vision, intellectual disabilities, or other communication disabilities.

To ensure a faster, more efficient application process, obtain the following information PRIOR to heading to the nearest DRC and bring it with you:

• Social Security Number (one per household)

• Address of the damaged home or apartment

• Description of the damage

• Information about insurance coverage

• Telephone number

• Mailing address

• Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

To learn more about FEMA and DRCs, go to www.fema.gov.

Last Updated: 
July 8, 2019 - 12:47