A reported tornado hit
During the storm, Cooper said the office of emergency management had damage reports come in on about 40 homes in the county. The organizations helping residents on Sunday included the
"Looking at the
Residents in need of assistance can call the office of emergency management at (479) 783-3932.
"It's typically based on uninsured homeowners, and a lot of the homeowners that we have here ... I'd say about 50 percent appear to have insurance, and so we may not meet that threshold at all here in this disaster," Cooper said.
Cooper said the impact of Saturday's storm was countywide. The office of emergency management is focusing around the area of
"Looking at our safety and precautions that we need to take into consideration, power lines are still down, power poles are still disconnected, hanging, trees are still uprooted, just leaning on rooftops, leaning on other trees," Cooper said. "It is an unsafe environment, so I encourage you to make sure that if you are out and about, be cautious of other drivers, pedestrians, but also those hazards that are known. ..."
Fort Smith Communication Director
--Residents should take photos and videos of damage to their home and property.
--Document emergency work done to remove unsafe hazards, like trees, limbs and debris, and to seal their home with tarps as protection from the elements.
--Take lots of good, representative "before" and "after" pictures to make them available to your home insurance carrier.
The office of emergency management is coordinating volunteer crews with heavy equipment and tools to remove large trees and other things from residents' homes, Santos said. The crews or others coordinating with them are handing out tarps to help seal roofs in preparation for rainy weather, which is expected to move in as early as this afternoon or evening. Residents needing direct assistance from the regional
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