For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today called Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to offer condolences and support of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) following severe weather that affected much of the state this weekend. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate is traveling to Arkansas today to ensure the appropriate federal resources are being brought to bear to support the state and local efforts.
Overnight, FEMA deployed the Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue Team as well as the White Incident Support Team to the State of Arkansas. An additional team based in Nebraska is also on alert and prepared to deploy if requested. FEMA has liaisons in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi prepared to coordinate any requests for federal assistance. DHS and FEMA remain in contact with affected states and will continue to closely monitor conditions as they respond to and begin to recover from the severe weather this weekend.
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