April 30th, 2010 Van Buren County Tornado
From the desk of Sheriff Scott Bradley
On Friday April 30th, 2010 at approximately 6:23 PM, Van Buren County was once again the victim of a fatal tornado, which took a life in the Scotland Area of Van Buren County. The tornado took a north easterly track across the county beginning in the Cleveland area and ending at the State Highway 110 area of Van Buren County and the Stone County line. Approximately 28 homes in Van Buren County along with the Community Center at Scotland was damaged or destroyed.
I would like to send our condolences and prayers to the Lee family in Scotland and to the other families in the county that had injuries. I would also like to thank all the people and volunteers for their help and donations during this time of crisis in Van Buren County.
There is an incident command post set up at the Scotland School, where donations are being received. Some of the items that are needed are listed as follows.
Shampoo, conditioner, denture cleaner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and shaving cream, towels, wash clothes, soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, famine hygiene, and etc.
Dishes, pots, pans cups, glasses dish soap, zip lock bags, laundry detergent, hangers, paper towels, trash bags (large and small) and etc.
Clean sheets, blankets, pillows, and etc.
Plastic knifes, forks, spoons, take-out trays (for to-go-meals)
Duct tape, traps tacking nails for tarps, chain saw bar oil, large contractor trash bags, clothing racks, and etc.
We will have the Arkansas Unemployment Division in Scotland today May 3rd, 2010 and approximately 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. They will set up in the cafeteria at the Scotland High school. This service is for those people in the affected areas to apply for a “loss of work program” resulting from the declared disaster. Let us remind you that this is not a regular unemployment program. You do not have to be employed at the time of the disaster to be eligible for this assistance program. This is for all individuals who have been affected by the tornado and have missed work or revenue because of it. This is only temporary relief type program offered by the state.
FEMA is going to be in Scotland on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 to assess the damages to see if Van Buren County will be eligible for federal assistance. After the assessment has been made, if we qualify, they will open up the individual assistance program for those who do not have home owners insurance or who have business losses. (More information on FEMA will follow later).
We still nee donations and volunteers to help remove debris.
For those in Scotland you can pick up mail had been held until the roads were cleared. You can pick up your mail at noon, pleas bring a picture ID to receive your mail. For those who don’t have a mailbox a temporary P.O. Box will be set up for you at your request..
Here is some helpful contact information.
Helpful telephone numbers:
Van Buren County Judges Office 501-745-2443
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office 501-745-2112
Van Buren County Emergency Management 501-253-5377
Emergency Operation Center 501-745-4085 or 745-4385
Information about a debris burn site will be coming soon.
Once again I would like to thank all the volunteers and people of Van Buren County and from other areas in the state for there support in this time of crisis.
Sheriff Scott Bradley
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office