Arkansas Evacuation Plans to be Reviewed

SEPTEMBER 29, 2005 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - State emergency management director Wayne Ruthven says Arkansas and each county and city in the state have evacuation plans in case of a disaster.  But Ruthven says that in light of the recent Gulf Coast hurricanes, the state will re-evaluate its plan.  He said the review will be conducted after relief work with the evacuees has ended and will look at whether the emergency response can handle an event of such magnitude as an earthquake along the New Madrid Fault in eastern Arkansas.

Ruthven joined the governor and others in breaking ground yesterday for a new emergency management center that will replace the 40-year-old center in Conway.  The new headquarters of the state Department of Emergency Management will be on 20 acres at Camp Robinson, home to the Arkansas National Guard.

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