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Arkansas Storms and Flooding 2016
Arkansas Storms and Flooding 2016
Severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding devastated areas in Arkansas from December 26, 2015 to January 22, 2016. The President made a major disaster declaration for Arkansas on February 5, 2016.
For DR 4254, the December/January severe storms and tornadoes, Individual and Household Assistance is available to those in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Little River, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier Counties.
Disaster Legal Services has been implemented for these tornadoes, storms and flooding in Arkansas. The hotline number below applies to this activation. It is provided through FEMA under 44 CFR 206.164
Note: THE FEMA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 5, 2016. Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO APRIL 5, 2016.
Key resources for those affected by the storms and tornadoes:
Arkansas Legal Assistance Hotline: 1-800-609-5668
- SBA Disaster Loans are available for those who qualify.
- Free legal assistance available to storm survivors through a partnership between the the Arkansas
Bar and the Young Lawyers’ Section, in conjunction with FEMA, the American Bar Association Young
Lawyers Division, the Arkansas Emergency Management Agency, the Center for Arkansas Legal
Services, and Legal Aid of Arkansas. Please see the press release for more information.
- Information to assist disaster survivors with general legal issues can be found by calling the state legal disaster hotline 1-800-609-5668.
- Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4254)
- Arkansas Disaster Insurance- assistance from the nonprofit United Policyholders about Insurance Claims and recovery
- Disaster Unemployment Benefits are available, even for self employed individuals.
- Tax Relief for Victims of Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds and Flooding in Arkansas. They will have until May 16, 2016 to file their 2015 tax returns and other forms/payments which had been due April 15th.
- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
- American Red Cross Shelter Locator
- Arkansas Office of the Governor
- Arkansas Division of Emergency Management gives further information about this disaster and state programs available.
- FEMA Disaster Reporter: view pictures of the disaster either in a list view or off a zoomable street level map.
Residents and businesses affected by the December/January storms and flooding can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov.
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO FEMA IS APRIL 5, 2016. YOU MUST PUT IN YOUR SBA APPLICATION BY APRIL 5, 2016 TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE.
Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.
- If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
- You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
- Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster:
- Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicant