FEMA Announces Website for Disasters in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced
today the implementation of a new website that provides the general public,
the media, county, state and federal officials with information about the
three federally declared disasters that occurred in Arkansas earlier this

In an effort to support the FEMA philosophy of open information, the
Arkansas State/Federal Joint Field Office developed a disaster-specific
website, www.fema.gov/arkansas09.  This site was designed to inform and
support state and local partners plus provide a variety of recovery
information to the public and the media.

With three separate disasters managed from one field office in Little Rock,
Gerard Stolar, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer and Richard Griffin, State
Coordinating Officer chose this innovative option to keep the public
informed. The website includes separate “buttons” and links for each
disaster.  It has specific statistics, press releases, and the most recent
information on federal obligated dollars at the state, county and
congressional district levels.

With just a few clicks, one can find data on the $184 million dollars
obligated to help government and non-profit organizations recover and
rebuild after the January ice storm, or the $1.8 million paid to help
individuals recover from tornados that occurred in April. A county official
who needs to know the dollar amount of obligated dollars for debris removal
from the spring flooding in May, can get the latest information immediately.

In addition to the statistical data for the three disasters, the website
also has links to other FEMA services, disaster fact sheets and
publications, county government links and phone numbers, plus congressional
district information. The site is updated weekly, as additional federal
dollars are obligated.


The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is the state’s
homeland security and emergency management agency. The agency works to
identify and lessen the effects of emergencies, disasters and threats to
Arkansas by developing effective prevention, preparedness, mitigation,
response and recovery actions for all disasters and emergencies.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing,
mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic
disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terrorism.
Editors:  For more information on Arkansas disaster recovery, visit
http://www.fema.gov or http://www.adem.arkansas.gov/.
Disaster recovery assistance is available to any individual without regard
to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, English
proficiency or economic status.