Dis­as­ter Re­cov­ery Cen­ter now open to flood vic­tims

Homes, build­ings from Fayet­teville to Ben­tonville dam­aged in storms

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - HICHAM RAACHE

The Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency is urg­ing North­west Arkansas res­i­dents im­pacted by storms and flash flood­ing in April and May to visit the Dis­as­ter Re­cov­ery Cen­ter in Fayet­teville.

“Right now we have 1,300 storm dam­age sur­vivors who have reg­is­tered with FEMA for as­sis­tance,” FEMA rep­re­sen­ta­tive Wil­liam C. Lind­sey said. “We know there’s maybe a lot of folks who still need as­sis­tance. We’re here to ren­der that as­sis­tance and pro­vide re­cov­ery for as­sis­tance.”

Homes and build­ings from Fayet­teville to Ben­tonville sus­tained dam­age.

“At this stage we have gov­ern­ment re­sources here that are pro­vided by the city, county, state and fed­eral arm. We want peo­ple to know that any­one who sus­tained dam­ages or losses from the storm dam­age qual­i­fies for FEMA as­sis­tance, not just busi­nesses,” Lind­sey said.

FEMA can­vass­ing teams went door-to-door to speak with peo­ple who made in­di­vid­ual as­sis­tance claims, Robert McGowen, Ben­ton County’s emer­gency ser­vices ad­min­is­tra­tor, re­cently said.

The Re­cov­ery Cen­ter, lo­cated in the Fayet­teville Ex­ec­u­tive Air­port Ter­mi­nal Build­ing at 4500 S. School Ave., is de­signed to pro­vide face-to-face re­cov­ery as­sis­tance to res­i­dents with un­met needs, Lind­sey said.

“A lot of peo­ple who suf­fered dam­ages in storms can’t live in their homes,” Lind­sey said. “We pro­vide a cen­ter as a one-stop shop for all their re­cov­ery needs.”

The cen­ter is staffed with Arkansas De­part­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment, FEMA and U.S. Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Those who sus­tained prop­erty dam­age can come to the cen­ter and re­ceive help ap­ply­ing for as­sis­tance; learn about the types of as­sis­tance avail­able; learn about the ap­peal process; get up­dates on ap­pli­ca­tions; dis­cuss the Small

Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s low-in­ter­est dis­as­ter loans for home­own­ers, renters and busi­nesses; and meet with other fed­eral, state and vol­un­tary or­ga­ni­za­tions for in­for­ma­tion about ad­di­tional dis­as­ter as­sis­tance.

John Luther, di­rec­tor of Wash­ing­ton County Emer­gency Man­age­ment, said Re­cov­ery Cen­ter staffers are help­ing flood sur­vivors open case files.

Six­teen coun­ties across the state have de­clared for fed­eral

as­sis­tance, and $2.7 mil­lion in fed­eral aid has been pro­vided so far to flood sur­vivors from those coun­ties, Lind­sey said.

The Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion has made $1 mil­lion in loans to flood vic­tims across the state, ac­cord­ing to an email from Corey Wil­liams, a Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

The Re­cov­ery Cen­ter re­main open as long as lo­cal emer­gency man­age­ment agen­cies ex­press a need for its pres­ence, Lind­sey said.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK

As­lin Dav­ila (from right), ap­pli­cant ser­vice pro­gram spe­cial­ist, as­sists Dar­rell and Shel­ley Bar­ron, of Wash­ing­ton County, Fri­day at the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency Re­cov­ery Cen­ter lo­cated in the Fayet­teville Ex­ec­u­tive Air­port Ter­mi­nal Build­ing at Drake Field. The cen­ter is de­signed to pro­vide faceto-face re­cov­ery as­sis­tance to res­i­dents with needs af­ter flood dam­age ear­lier this year.

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