Huckabee says State Giving Katrina Help without FEMA Assistance

SEPTEMBER 12, 2005 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee says the aid that Arkansas is providing to victims of Hurricane Katrina is being given almost entirely without federal help.

The governor says the state is doing a good job of helping storm refugees but says he is frustrated that people with the federal government do not seem to grasp the enormity of the disaster.

Huckabee said that a Federal Emergency Management Agency official asked him on Wednesday whether Arkansas had taken in any refugees.  Huckabee noted that Arkansas had about 75,000 refugees.

Huckabee credited private groups, volunteer organizations and churches for getting together to help storm victims, giving them shelter, food and seeing to other needs.

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