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April 22, 2021
Nebraska News
Nebraska News
Beebe goes to nation's capital to testify about FEMA
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(UALR Public Radio) - Governor Beebe went to Washington today
to talk to Congress about the federal response to tornadoes that hit southern Arkansas last month.

In remarks prepared for delivery to the Homeland Security Committee, Beebe said it defied common sense the FEMA would turn down federal aid for the state despite heavy damage at Dumas and in a number of counties.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said this month that damage was not so bad that Arkansas could not take care of
it itself. It did authorize the use of trailers from a Hope FEMA depot, but the state had to pay to move the trailers to Dumas.

The Small Business Administration did agree to make low-interest loans available.

Beebe went on during his remarks to say FEMA should refine the process through which states can ask for help, including a
way to provide a more timely response. Beebe said the state had to wait too long before being told that federal aid would not be available.
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