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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Beebe declares state of emergency

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM

The governor's declaration (see jump) allows release of some money to cope with the expected snow and frigid temperatures said to be coming.

Does the state have Velveeta stockpiled for expected shortages? Bread? Milk? Cat litter?

Speaking only of Little Rock, the Weather Service is predicting lows tonight in the 20s and maybe as much as an inch of snow. It will get colder, though not snowier, with a low of 7 forecast by Friday night and 9 Saturday night. Should a bit of ice precede the snow, should utility demand and outages ensue with the help of high winds, well, then, there could be problems.

NEWS RELEASE

Governor Beebe declared a State of Emergency Wednesday afternoon to help Arkansas officials prepare for the severe temperatures, winds, and winter precipitation expected to enter Arkansas. The declaration carries with it up to $50,000 from the Governor's Disaster Fund for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to supply additional support and resources if needed.

      "While winter precipitation is predicted for tonight, the extreme temperatures and strong winds forecast in the coming days may create the bigger risk for emergencies," Governor Beebe said. "Hopefully we won't need these emergency provisions, but we want to stay one step ahead of these conditions and the dangers they could present our people."

     Officials at ADEM have been in contact with county emergency officials since Tuesday, working to anticipate where additional needs may arise. The Arkansas National Guard is also preparing to provide additional support if necessary, including potentially using armories as overflow shelters.

     "Our local communities have the plans and resources in place to deal with severe winter conditions," Beebe said. "However, if large numbers of Arkansans are left without power and warmth in the brutal conditions that are forecast, the State will do all we can to get them sheltered."

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