SBA Key to Individual and Business Disaster Recovery in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is the largest source of federal recovery funds for disaster survivors and businesses, including those affected in the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19.Low-interest disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair...

July 25, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 25, 2017 Significant Events: None Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours • Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Greg; Hurricane Hilary; Hurricane Irwin • Central Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Severe thunderstorms – Northern Plains to Great Lakes • Flash flooding possible – Central Great Basin/Southwest to Central Rockies and Northern Plains to Upper Mississippi Valley • Significant river flooding – IA and IL • Isolated...

An Additional $9 Million Helps Governments, Schools with Flood Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. — More than $9 million in recent federal funding will assist Louisiana public services and schools recover from the August 2016 floods.The funding reimburses them for disaster-related costs. Below are some examples:• The City of Baton Rouge has been approved for $2.9 million to replace 92 police vehicles. The amount includes extra equipment in the vehicles.• The City of Denham Springs has been approved for $1.5 million to help repair gas utility equipment.So far, about $90 million has been approved for education. The recent funding includes two schools:• Glen Oaks High...

Disaster Assistance Isn’t Taxable and Won’t Affect Social Security

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas disaster survivors receiving Social Security or other government state or federal aid have no cause for concern that disaster assistance might affect their benefits.Internal Revenue Service rules say qualified disaster relief payments are not counted as income as long as the reimbursed expense is not also paid by insurance or other reimbursement.According to the IRS, qualified disaster relief payments include payments received for the following;Reasonable and necessary personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred as a result of a presidentially declared disaster. These may include medical,...

Monday, July 24, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, July 24, 2017 Significant Activity for July 21-24, July 2017 Significant Events: NoneTropical Activity:•  Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Greg; Hurricane Hilary; Tropical Storm Irwin•  Central Pacific – Post-Tropical Cyclone Fernanda (FINAL)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interestsSignificant Weather:  •  Flash Flooding possible – Central Great Basin/Southwest to Central/Southern Rockies and Lower Mississippi Valley/Southeast•  Significant River Flooding – Southeastern WI and northern IL•  Elevated Fire weather – ID, MT, ND, and SD•  Isolated Dry...

Sunday, July 23, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, July 23, 2017 Significant Activity for July 22-23, 2017 Significant Events: NoneTropical Activity:•  Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Greg; Tropical Storm Hilary; Tropical Storm Irwin•  Central Pacific – Post-Tropical Cyclone Fernanda (FINAL)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interestsSignificant Weather:  •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Middle Mississippi and Ohio valleys to Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic•  Flash flooding possible – Southwest to Southern Rockies and Appalachians•  Significant river flooding – Southeastern WI and northern IL•  Elevated...

July 22, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 22, 2017 Significant Events: None  Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours • Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Greg; Tropical Depression Nine-E; Disturbance 1 – High (90%) • Central Pacific – Tropical Depression Fernanda • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests  Significant Weather:  • Severe thunderstorms possible – Upper Mississippi Valley to Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Mid-Atlantic • Flash flooding possible – Southwest to Central/Southern Rockies • Elevated Fire Weather – MT, ND & SD; Isolated dry...

Use FEMA Grants Wisely

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Once approved for FEMA disaster assistance grants, Arkansas disaster survivors receive funds via check or a direct deposit to their checking account. They also receive a letter from FEMA providing information about the grant and how the money must be spent.Disaster recovery officials urge recipients of federal grants to use the money wisely.Applicants sign a declaration and a release certifying that all funds will be spent on the expenses for which they are intended. These grants are for repairs, temporary housing and other approved essential disaster-related costs....

Friday, July 21, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, July 21, 2017 Significant Events: None  Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours • Eastern Pacific – T.S. Greg; Disturbance 1 – High (70%); Disturbance 2 – High (70%) • Central Pacific – T.S. Fernanda • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests   Significant Weather: • Severe Thunderstorms – Northern Plains, Upper and Middle Mississippi valleys, Great Lakes • Flash Flooding possible – Southwest, Central & Southern Rockies and Upper/Middle valleys • Elevated to Critical Fire Weather –...

State/FEMA Disaster Center Will Stop in White County to Help Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A mobile State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will visit Searcy in White County from Wednesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19.The disaster center location and hours are as follows:White County  White County Emergency Service Office 2301 Eastline Road Searcy AR 72143Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 26Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed...

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