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State emergency management officials say residents who receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency rejecting a request for disaster assistance should not give up their efforts or become discouraged.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell said the denial may mean more information is needed and residents who receive such letters should ask for a review of their situation.

Applicants also have the right to appeal a denial within 60 days from the date of the FEMA letter.

Disaster assistance is available in several counties hit by severe storms on April 27 that spawned a tornado blamed for 16 deaths in the state.

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  • trainingman
    May 14, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.

    Here we go--again, Bureaucracy in motion. We give millions/billions to other countries that hate and are plotting on us, but cannot take care of our own!

  • Pacorabone
    May 14, 2014 at 9:23 a.m.

    A wonderful example of "red tape" and the minutiae of the Federal Govt. and FEMA. I'm sure this is what the occupant of the White House had in mind when he talks about "transparency" and "remove the red tape". And doing EVERYTHING possible to help the victims. What a's bad enough dealing with the insurance companies. FEMA didn't even arrive until the 6th! Nine days after the tornado. And on the 10th day.... his majesty makes a political visit. The local citizens were on site immediately and churches from around the country were here Monday morning with manpower, food, clothes etc. Meanwhile FEMA and others from DC were weighing the political value of helping a state that overwhelmingly DID NOT support the current administration.

  • jmoz
    May 14, 2014 at 2:08 p.m.

    Blame all the rejections on Mark Pryor. Call Pryor's office. He claims to be close to the President.

  • 2boxers
    May 14, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.

    I agree with Jmoz call obama's buddy Mark pryor and complain.

  • Vickie55
    May 14, 2014 at 3:25 p.m.

    I am just curious. How many of the people slamming FEMA for not acting quickly enough or offering enough support are the same people who slam the government for providing welfare, food stamps, etc.?

  • jimmywo
    May 15, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.

    My claim AND secondary review were denied by FEMA for one simple reason, "you have insurance". Since I am insured no extra assistance will be provided. Let me insure them, insurance is NOT paying for all expenses when you lose your home, contents and vehicle. Nice to know my tax dollars are only good for those that don't pay taxes and insurance premiums!