President Clinton Declares an Emergency Exists in the State of Arkansas
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For                            Immediate                            Release
December  28 , 2000

                           THE STATE OF ARKANSAS

     President  Clinton  today declared an emergency exists in the State of
Arkansas  and  ordered  federal  aid to supplement state and local recovery
efforts  in  the  area  struck  by  a  severe winter ice storm beginning on
December 12, 2000, and continuing.

     President Clinton'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 Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public
health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the
counties of Arkansas, Benton, Bradley, Calhoun, Clark, Cleveland, Columbia,
Crawford, Crittenden, Cross, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin,
Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Howard, Hempstead, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson,
Lafayette, Lee, Lincoln, Little River, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Miller,
Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, Nevada, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk,
Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, St. Francis, Saline, Scott, Sebastian, Sevier,
Washington, White, Woodruff, Union, and Yell.

     Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at
its  discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts
of the emergency.  Assistance for debris removal (Category A) and emergency
protective  measures  (Category  B)  will be provided at 75 percent Federal

     James  L.  Witt,  Director  of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA),  named  Joe  Bray  as  the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal
recovery operations in the affected area.


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