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June 15, 2017


President Grants Gov. Hutchinson's Request for Federal Disaster Declaration 


LITTLE ROCK – President Trump today granted Governor Asa Hutchinson’s request for a major disaster declaration for the state of Arkansas as a result of damages due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding during the period of April 26 to May 19, 2017. The declaration will allow residents and governmental bodies in the affected areas who meet certain criteria to apply for assistance. 

Individual Assistance (IA) for individuals and households will be available in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell counties. Additional designations may be added to the declaration if requested by the state and warranted by results of further damage assessments. ADEM encourages citizens affected in these counties to apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or at  

“This morning my office received notification from the Trump administration that it has granted my request for a federal disaster declaration for the Arkansas counties ravaged by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in April and May,” Governor Hutchinson said. 

“This is welcome news for the Arkansas families and businesses who have been waiting patiently for relief from these disasters. These emergency funds will provide much-needed relief that will help those coping with the aftermath of these storms to recover, rebuild and get back on their feet. I am especially appreciative of our federal delegation, and their support and assistance during this process.

A.J. Gary, Director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, said Thursday: “I received the call from FEMA Region 6 this morning that President Trump approved the declaration. The approved disaster declaration is a direct result of the dedication and hard work of the ADEM team, FEMA, county judges and emergency managers, and the leadership of Governor Hutchinson.”

 Public Assistance (PA) for emergency work and repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities will be available in Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Cleburne, Conway, Craighead, Cross, Faulkner, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White and Woodruff counties.

Through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, funds will be available for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards for all areas of the state. 

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials will soon announce plans to open offices throughout the affected areas to accept assistance applications.

CONTACT: J.R. Davis, Governor’s Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 501.682.6439);


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Permit Application

Building Diagrams

Any development in a special flood hazard area designated by FEMA, requires a Flood Plain Permit. If you are unsure if your development is in a special flood hazard area, please contact our office and we will verify it for you.  Please click on the permit application link above, complete and return to our office PRIOR to any development.


Winter Weather Preparedness

Hazard Mitigation planning is the process used to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and to develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property in future hazard events.  The process results in a mitigation plan that offers a strategy for breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage and a framework for developing feasible and cost effective mitigation projects. You may read the current and past Hazard Mitigation Plan by clicking on the links below.

Hazard Mitigation Plan 2015

Hazard Mitigation Plan 2008


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Local Shelter/Safe Rooms

(No pets allowed)

Vilonia High School-1164 Main St., Vilonia AR

Vilonia Intermediate School(FMIS)- 98 N Mt Olive Rd, Vilonia AR

(These are open to the public ONLY when school is not in session. Doors automatically open when tornado warning is issued.)


Vilonia Elementary School-15 Eagle St., Vilonia AR- (Open after High School is at full capacity)

Vilonia Primary School  4 Bane Ln., Conway AR

(Please note, the Vilonia Primary and Elementary safe rooms serve as after school care (till 6:00pm) during school year and also as holiday & summer daycares  They will apply to the in session rule.)


Conway SD Ruth Doyle Intermediate-800 Padgett Rd. Conway AR 

Conway SD Simon Intermediate-1601 E. Siebenmorgan, Conway AR

(These are open to the public ONLY when school is not in session.)


Mayflower Middle School- 18 Eagle Cir., Mayflower, AR 72106

(These are open to the public ONLY when school is not in session.)


Springhill Elementary School- 91 Elliott Rd, Greenbrier AR 72058

(These are open to the public ONLY when school is not in session.)




Shelter is located behind OEM building at 57 Acklin Gap Road, Conway, AR 72032



2) The shelter is open to the public during Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Warnings.

3) The shelter will remain open until all severe weather threats have passed.

4) Weapons ARE NOT allowed in the shelter.

5) Smoking and the use of tobacco in any form is prohibited in the shelter.

6) Alcohol and drugs (other than prescribed by a doctor) ARE NOT allowed in the shelter.

7) Animals WILL NOT be allowed in the shelter but can remain in your car. 





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