Arkansas Senators Express Condolences, Willingness to Help

Statement From Senator Blanche Lincoln:

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones across our state during Tuesday's devastating storms. Many families and businesses, the foundation of our communities, have lost so much and are now struggling with the overwhelming task of rebuilding and what steps to take next. My office has been in close contact with local, state, and federal officials, including the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA, and I will work hand-in-hand with the affected communities to provide any support needed from the federal level. In a time of crisis, you lean on and offer support to your neighbors. I am proud that Arkansans answered the call in the past to assist their neighbors who suffered from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. This morning, Arkansans are now doing the same for their own family."

Senator Lincoln encouraged those affected by the tornado to call her office in Little Rock at 1-800-352-9364 for assistance.

Statement Senator Mark Pryor:

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones. I spoke to the Governor early this morning and discussed the initial assessment of the situation. I will do everything in my power to help those who are suffering from this tragedy. In addition, I have talked to FEMA Director David Paulison and made it clear that I will not tolerate a slow reaction time. FEMA must not use bureaucratic excuses to avoid helping Arkansans."