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Disaster centers open in Central Arkansas after tornado

by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 11, 2023 at 2:38 p.m.
Lynn and David Bell look out over tornado damage to their home on Youngwood Rd. in the Kingwood neighborhood in West Little Rock on Saturday, April 8, 2023 a little more than a week after a strong tornado caused extensive damage in the area. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Colin Murphey)

Two Disaster Recovery Centers opened Tuesday in central Arkansas to help people affected by destructive weather, including the EF3 tornado the tore through the area on March 31, a regional office of the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency said.

The disaster recovery centers are:

— North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow St., North Little Rock.

— West Central Community Center, 8616 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock.

The hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week.

Residents of any of the three counties approved for individual assistance — Cross, Lonoke and Pulaski counties — may visit the disaster recovery centers without an appointment.

Staff from FEMA, Small Business Administration, and state and local agencies will be available to meet with people about disaster assistance. At the centers, people will be able to download documents needed for their disaster recovery applications.

At the centers, people can apply for assistance, learn the status of their FEMA application, understand any letters from FEMA, find housing and rental assistance information, get answers to questions or resolve problems, get referrals to agencies that may offer other assistance and learn about loan programs available from the Small Business Administration.

People affected by the tornadoes can make applications for assistance online at or by calling (800) 621-3362. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. central time, seven days a week. The latest information is available at, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at or on Facebook at


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