Arkansas Conference Disaster Response Seeks Volunteers, Funds to Aid in Historic Arkansas River Flood Relief

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After historic flooding in May that saw the Arkansas River swell to record-breaking levels, the Arkansas Annual Conference Disaster Response team is seeking volunteers to help with the cleanup process throughout the state.

The flooding, caused by rain-soaked and swollen rivers in Oklahoma, has displaced thousands of Arkansans, from Fort Smith to Pine Bluff and down to Pendleton, Arkansas.

Right now, Disaster Response is seeking volunteers who are ready to receive Just-In-Time Abbreviated ERT Training for the Arkansas Flood Response.

The following dates and locations are available for anyone seeking training:

Monday, June 10
9 a.m. – St. Paul UMC, Fort Smith
5 p.m. – Ozark FUMC, Ozark

Tuesday, June 11
9 a.m. – Dardanelle FUMC, Dardanelle
4 p.m. – Conway FUMC, Conway

Wednesday, June 12
9 a.m. – St. James UMC, Little Rock
3 p.m. – Pine Bluff FUMC, Pine Bluff

Thursday, June 13
9 a.m. – Monticello FUMC, Monticello
6 p.m. – Dumas FUMC, Dumas

If you are interested, please email disastertraining@arumc.org or visit https://www.eiseverywhere.com/volunteersignup to find ways that you can help out. Even if you have no previous ERT training, Disaster Response still needs volunteers for post-flood clean-up.

Additionally, Disaster Response is seeking funding to help with the cost of recovery.

“Funds for this Arkansas Conference ministry are extremely low after an increase in response and recovery missions. Donations to the ARUMC Disaster Response Fund will allow continued support for those affected by the storms and ongoing flooding,” said Janice Mann, Disaster Response Coordinator. “Please consider a contribution to this fund at Arkansas Disaster Relief below or by mailing a check to: ARUMC Donations to Disaster Response, 800 West Daisy Bates, Little Rock, AR, 72202.”

To donate online, visit http://bit.ly/arumc-donate and select Arkansas Disaster Relief.

Steps to Protect Your Family, Pets After a Flood

Editor’s Note: this information is provided by the Arkansas Department of Health. For a PDF of this info, click FloodFlyer.

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When returning to your home after a flood, be aware that flood water may contain
sewage. Protect yourself and your family by following these steps:
Inside the Home
• Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
• Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
• Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products).
• Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
• Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.
• Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers.
• After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands).
•Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of ⅛ teaspoon [~0.75 milliliters] of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use a solution of ¼ teaspoon (~1.5 milliliters) of household bleach per 1 gallon of water.
• Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
• Wash clothes contaminated with flood or sewage water in hot water and detergent. It is recommended that a Laundromat be used for washing large quantities of clothes and linens until your onsite waste-water system has been professionally inspected and serviced.
• Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill.
Outside the Home
• Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
• Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
• Have your onsite waste-water system professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage.
• Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
• After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands).
•Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of ⅛ teaspoon [~0.75 milliliters] of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use solution of ¼ teaspoon (~1.5 milliliters) of household bleach per 1 gallon of water.
• Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill.

Flood Water Health Risks
Flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases,
chemical hazards, and injuries.

Infectious Diseases

Diarrheal Diseases
• Eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood water can cause diarrheal disease.
• To protect yourself and your family,
• Practice good hygiene (hand washing) after contact with flood waters.
• Do not allow children to play in flood water areas.
• Wash children’s hands frequently (always before meals).
• Do not allow children to play with toys that have been contaminated by flood water and have not been disinfected.

Wound Infections
• Open wounds and rashes exposed to flood waters can become infected. To protect yourself and your family,
• Avoid exposure to flood waters if you have an open wound.
• Cover open wounds with a waterproof bandage.
• Keep open wounds as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean water.
• If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

Chemical Hazards
• Be aware of potential chemical hazards during floods. Flood waters may have moved hazardous chemical containers of solvents or other industrial chemicals from their normal storage places.

Injuries

Drowning
• Flood water poses drowning risks for everyone, regardless of their ability to swim. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children.
• Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.

Animal and Insect Bites
• Flood waters can displace animals, insects, and reptiles. To protect yourself and your family, be alert and avoid contact.

Electrical Hazards
• Avoid downed power lines.

Wounds
• Flood waters may contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection.

Health Department urges safety during flood clean up

Meg Mirivel, MA

Public Information Officer

Office of Health Communications

501-280-4768, margaret.mirivel@arkansas.gov

Little Rock, Ark. – As residents and volunteers clean up after flooding in the state, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) urges anyone involved in clean up to be aware of the health risks. Flood water and sewer overflows can contain bacteria, viruses and other organisms that cause disease.

Basic Precautions

These basic precautions and cleaning tips for your home can help to keep you safe and healthy:

  • Avoid skin contact with flood water, and keep cuts and sores clean and covered.
  • Do not allow children to play in flood water.
  • Do not eat or drink anything exposed to flood water.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Contact your local health unit for information about septic system inspection.

Mold

Things that are wet for two or more days, including carpets and rugs, often have mold growing on them, even if you can’t see the mold. Mold can make the air in your home unhealthy and affect people with asthma, allergies or other breathing problems.

  • Get rid of any contaminated objects that cannot be thoroughly cleaned.
  • Wash contaminated surfaces and objects with warm, soapy water and disinfect with a bleach and water solution made of one cup of bleach per one gallon of water. Home or laundry disinfectant can be used for objects that would be damaged by bleach.
  • Do not use ammonia. Ammonia vapors mixed with bleach vapors create a poisonous gas.

Private Well Water

Private wells impacted by flooding will need to be tested for total coliforms and E. coli, which are indicators of bacterial contamination in drinking water.

  • Do not drink water from a well until it has been disinfected and tested.
  • Do not turn on the pump before consulting with an electrician, as there is a risk of electrical shock.
  • The ADH Public Health Laboratory is waiving well water testing fees for private well owners impacted by the flood. Contact your local health unit for information about well water testing.

Tetanus

Due to the likelihood of a debris-related injury after a flood, it is recommended that all responders and residents make sure that they are up-to-date with the tetanus shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends the diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccination

(DTaP for those younger than seven; Tdap or Td for those seven years or older) across the lifespan:

  • Infants and children should receive five doses of DTaP by the time they reach six years of age.
  • Adolescents should receive a single dose of Tdap between 11 and 12 years of age.
  • Pregnant women should receive a single dose of Tdap during every pregnancy.
  • Adults should receive a single dose of Td every 10 years.
  • Adults who are eligible to receive a Td, but have never had a Tdap, should receive a Tdap.
  • If you receive a wound, you should still see your doctor as other medicines or treatment may be needed.

Tetanus vaccines are available at Local Health Units and in many doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

There is a Local Health Unit in every county, and a listing can be found at: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/healthunits. If you are unsure whether you are up-to-date with tetanus vaccination, you should be able to confirm that information with the provider who administered the vaccine. If you are unable to confirm whether you are up-to-date, it is safe to get another shot.

For more information, please visit the Flood Water Safety page on the ADH website at www.healthy.arkansas.gov.

Methodist Family Health Seeks a Bible Bounty

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2019 Bible Bounty Flyer

2019 Bible Bounty Flyer

2019 Bible Bounty Brochure

Every child, teenager and mother who enters Methodist Family Health’s statewide continuum of care receives a Bible or spiritual study guide. These paperback books are made possible by the Children’s Bible Fund, a part of Methodist Family Health’s spirituality program; however, money in this fund is low. Methodist Family Health is seeking contributions of paperback Bibles and spiritual guide books to continue our tradition of providing spiritual guidance and hope to abandoned, abused and neglected children and families in Arkansas.

A list of age-appropriate, paperback Bibles and guides can be found at https://www.methodistfamily.org/ways-to-give.html. The links beside each book are to Amazon and Cokesbury, which allow donors to shop online and ship directly to Methodist Family Health. The books we use most often are:

  • My First Hands-On Bible
  • Hands-On Bible
  • Comic Book Bible
  • 3-Minute Devotional for Teen Girls, Guys, Boys or Girls
  • Teen Life Application Study Bible (NLT)
  • NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible
  • Jesus Calling Devotional
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible

These books and funds are made possible by contributions from churches across the state as well as small groups, mission committees and individuals. Adults and children throughout Arkansas can help provide a Bible Bounty to the children and families in our care by:

  • Ordering and shipping a paperback bible or devotional to Methodist Family Health;
  • Shopping locally and delivering any of the paperback titles listed above to Methodist Family Health, 1600 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205;
  • Collecting books as a mission or small group project and deliver to Methodist Family Health;
  • Contributing funds so books can be purchased in bulk. There are several ways to donate, including:
    • Text MFH to 501-881-2258;
    • Visit https://www.methodistfamily.org/donate.html to contribute online;
    • Send a check to Methodist Family Health Foundation, P.O. Box 56050, Little Rock, Arkansas 72215; or
    • Call 501-906-4209 to make a secure donation over the phone using a debit or credit card.

ABOUT METHODIST FAMILY HEALTH

Founded in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, Methodist Family Health has expanded into a continuum of care to serve thousands of Arkansas children with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues and their families each year. Methodist Family Health has locations throughout the state, including the Methodist Behavioral Hospital, two residential treatment centers, eight therapeutic group homes, an emergency shelter, a day treatment program, eight counseling clinics, nine school-based counseling clinics, the state’s only grief center for children and their families, and the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES). Our mission is to give the best possible care to those who may need our help.

 

Historic Lustron Home Available From the City of Little Rock

Little Rock Lustron Home

Request for Proposal PDF: Final-Relocation of Lustron House RFP

The City of Little Rock is issuing a bid to relocate the Mary Matthews Lustron House to another site in the City of Little Rock.  The plan is to have it be used as a single family home again in its new location.  If you are interested in obtaining this home, please review the attached Final-Relocation of Lustron House RFP. The deadline to respond is May 15, 2019.

Lustron houses are made of enameled steel panels, inside and out.  The house was assembled on site using screwdrivers and wrenches.  It is a two bedroom one bath house, the Winchester Model.  Here are some links to some history of the Lustron Houses.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lustron_house

https://maps.littlerock.state.ar.us/webapps/LR_Historic_Sites/Data/PU5894/PU5894.nr.pdf

http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Lustron_Homes

http://www.thebeacher.com/pdf/2005/BeacherMar10.pdf

If you are interested in this property in accordance with the Final-Relocation of Lustron House RFP, please reply to Brian Minyard at bminyard@littlerock.gov or 501-371-4789.  Serious replies only.  Please reply no later than May 15, 2019. State and Federal income tax credits are a possibility if the  house was moved to an appropriate site and the house was restored appropriately.

 

Meet the Arkansas Travelers at Outlets of Little Rock on Sat., May 11

AR Travs Meet and Greet at Outlets of LR

Outlets of Little Rock invites fans of all ages to a meet and greet with the Arkansas Travelers mascots, plus two players from the team, on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. outside Outlets of Little Rock Food Pavilion.

 

Get an autograph or photo with the players, play some cornhole and enter for a chance to win a family four-pack to a Travelers baseball game! The event is free and open to the public.

 

“We are thrilled to host the Arkansas Travelers mascots and players at Outlets of Little Rock,” explains Outlets of Little Rock General Manager Teresa Deen.  “Come help cheer on your favorite baseball team, meet the players and enjoy a day of free family fun at Outlets of Little Rock,” she adds.

Outlets of Little Rock

Outlets of Little Rock is Arkansas’ only outlet shopping center where visitors will save up to 70 percent off on America’s most desired brands including H&M, Banana Republic Factory Outlet, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Clarks Outlet, Cole Haan Outlet, Gap Factory Store, J. Crew Factory, LOFT Outlet, Nike Factory Store,

Old Navy Outlet, RH Outlet, Under Armour Factory House and more. Outlets of Little Rock is an open-air lifestyle destination conveniently located at the I-30 and I-430 interchange within Arkansas’ premier entertainment district, which includes adjacent Bass Pro Shops, Dave & Buster’s, Movie Tavern, Tru by Hilton and more. Visit www.OutletsofLittleRock.com for a full directory listing. Outlets of Little Rock is a New England Development shopping destination.

New England Development

For over 40 years, New England Development has taken a creative, entrepreneurial approach to real estate development and management, delivering and sustaining successful projects across a wide range of property types and across the country. New England Development’s robust portfolio of retail projects includes an exciting mix of outlet centers including Outlets of Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas; Asheville Outlets in Asheville, North Carolina; Clarksburg Premium Outlets in Clarksburg, Maryland; Outlets of Des Moines in Altoona, IA; and Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach, Florida.

TONIGHT! New Date and Time for 2nd Annual Brews and Bites at Outlets of Little Rock

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NEW DATE AND TIME

Friday, April 12, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

WHAT: Outlets of Little Rock’s 2nd Annual Brews and Bites

WHERE: Outlets of Little Rock, 11201 Bass Pro Parkway, Little Rock, AR 72210

WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

THE EVENT:

Outlets of Little Rock’s 2nd annual Brews and Bites, a fun festival with food trucks, craft beer and live entertainment. Ticket price is $5, children under age 12 are free. The day benefits Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance & Arkansas Food Bank. Craft brewers and food trucks include:

Craft Brewers:

Diamond Bear Brewing, Flyway Brewing, Lost Forty Brewing and Rebel Kettle Brewing.

Food Trucks:

Adobo To Go, BeaverTails Pastry, Chicken Wangs III Express, Garretts Funnel Cakes, Haygood BBQ, Jefferson Mobile Grilling, Jude’s Delight, Knightfire BBQ, Loblolly Creamery, MeMe’s Twisted Potato, Pat’s Kitchen, Pop Goes the Kernel Kettle Corn, Reggae Flavas, Sandra Rose Kitchen and more.

Sponsors:

100.3 The Edge, Rock City Harley-Davidson, Bowman Pointe and The Pointe Brodie Creek.

Outlets of Little Rock

Outlets of Little Rock is Arkansas’ only outlet shopping center where visitors will save up to 70 percent off on America’s most desired brands including H&M, Banana Republic Factory Outlet, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Clarks Outlet, Cole Haan Outlet, Gap

Factory Store, J.Crew Factory, LOFT Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet, RH Outlet, Under Armour and more. Outlets of Little Rock is an open-air lifestyle destination conveniently located at the I-30 and I-430 interchange within Arkansas’ premier entertainment district, which includes adjacent Bass Pro Shops, Dave & Buster’s, Movie Tavern, Tru by Hilton and more. Visit http://www.OutletsofLittleRock.com for a full directory listing. Outlets of Little Rock is a New England Development shopping destination.

New England Development

For over 40 years, New England Development has taken a creative, entrepreneurial approach to real estate development and management, delivering and sustaining successful projects across a wide range of property types and across the country. New England Development’s robust portfolio of retail projects includes an exciting mix of outlet centers including Outlets of Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas; Asheville Outlets in Asheville, North Carolina; Clarksburg Premium Outlets in Clarksburg, Maryland; Outlets of Des Moines in Altoona, IA; and Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach, Florida.