Storm Survivors Have Many Ways to Register for Federal and State HelpMay 15th, 2014 | By admin | Category: News and Features
Little Rock, Ark. – Storm survivors in the four disaster-designated Arkansas counties have plenty of options when it comes to asking for state and federal assistance.
A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Mayflower, Ark., on Thursday, May 8. Mobile Registration Intake Centers are opening Wednesday, May 7, in newly declared Pulaski and White counties, and registration teams are going door to door in affected areas in Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties. (A DRC will open soon in Randolph County).
Meanwhile, storm survivors may continue to register online at www.disasterassistance.gov and by phone at 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.
At the DRC, visitors will be able to talk to specialists from the state of Arkansas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Internal Revenue Service, the American Red Cross, plus other agencies and groups. Those professionals will be available to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
“Some folks prefer to meet face to face rather than do business over the phone or online,” said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. “The recovery center gives Arkansans that opportunity.”
Disaster Recovery Center Location in this area:
Meanwhile, Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRIC) continue to assist survivors in Vilonia and Mayflower, and will open today in Pulaski and White counties. Survivors can register for state and federal assistance and check the status of their applications at an MRIC.
“Disaster Recovery Centers put the federal and state personnel a survivor might want to meet under one roof, and MRICs offer a quick way for people to register,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Timothy J. Scranton. “Both the fixed and mobile centers – and of course, our door-to-door outreach – are designed to offer the most convenience to tornado and storm survivors here in Arkansas.”
Mobile Registration Intake Center Locations:
4103 Highway 36 West
Searcy, AR 72143
(This is an open parking lot across highway from a volunteer fire department)
Hours for both:
Monday to Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays: 1 to 6 p.m.
Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are canvassing neighborhoods to help people register and provide information. All team members wear FEMA shirts and have FEMA badges.
Survivors can continue to register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov. They may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.