Beebe Responds to FEMA's Rejection of Emergency Designation for Desha County

MARCH 9, 2007 - Posted at 3:12 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe this afternoon released the following statement responding to FEMA's rejection of a requested emergency designation for Desha County in regards to the February tornado which struck the Dumas area.

"Although this decision by FEMA to deny emergency funds to Desha County defies common sense, Arkansas will take care of its own people.  It is unfortunate that assistance will now depend on additional state resources instead of federal disaster programs that Arkansas taxpayers helped fund.

We are deciding whether to appeal FEMA's decision, but that will not slow our efforts to ensure that storm victims get the help they need.  I thank Congressman Ross and Senators Pryor and Lincoln for their continued support and assistance the past two weeks.

My office and our federal delegation are now joining with state, local, private and other federal entities to work through the red tape, get trailers and put them on the road from Hope to Desha County as quickly as possible.  Officials at FEMA have indicated that they will donate trailers but will not transport, set up or support those trailers."

-Governor Mike Beebe