WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Arkansas to supplement state and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on May 21, 2019, and continuing.
The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program, at 75 percent federal funding in Arkansas, Chicot, Conway, Crawford, Desha, Faulkner, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Lincoln, Logan, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties.
Jerry S. Thomas has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.
Governor Asa Hutchinson’s request for federal assistance in response to the historic flooding in the state has been approved. Last night, one day after receiving the Governor’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration, the White House announced that President Donald Trump has signed the emergency declaration for the 16 Arkansas counties affected by the flooding.
Governor Hutchinson issues a statement in response to President Trump’s signing of disaster declaration:
“President Trump responded quickly to the request for emergency federal assistance. This is far from over, and the President’s declaration last night of his continuing support for direct federal assistance in 16 counties will help us to minimize the loss. I am grateful for his concern, which he has expressed through federal aid.”
On Wednesday, Governor Hutchinson announced an additional $250,000 in emergency funding on top of the $100,000 he approved earlier this week.