Jun 6, 2024 - News

FEMA center opens in Bentonville, local nonprofit sets up fund

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A FEMA disaster recovery center is set up at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Why it matters: People affected by the Memorial Day weekend storms can apply for federal assistance there, the agency announced in a news release.

State of play: The center will operate 7am-7pm daily at the Becky Paneitz Student Center, Room 108. Applications are also available online or by phone at (800) 621-3362.

  • FEMA also will operate a mobile registration intake center, 8:30am-6:30pm daily at the Falling Springs Church parking lot, 21822 Falling Springs Road in Decatur.

Zoom out: NWA nonprofit Excellerate Foundation is helping through the Benton County relief fund, a philanthropy-funded resource for households affected by the storms who make less than $125,000 a year. The fund will also be used to help nonprofits.

  • "It complements other relief funding from agencies like the Red Cross and FEMA by covering needs that they might not consider eligible and by having a fast turnaround time to address the most critical needs quickly," Jeff Webster, president and CEO of Excellerate Foundation, said in a statement.

By the numbers: FEMA has received more than 1,800 applications from Benton County, according to a news release from the county.

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