Sanders Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today requested a Major Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden to support ongoing recovery efforts in communities impacted by the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes that began on May 24, 2024, and are continuing. This disaster caused severe infrastructure damage, overwhelming amounts of debris, and hundreds of damaged dwellings. Please see the full letter linked here.

“I’ve seen the destruction caused by these storms and it is heartbreaking, but Arkansas is resilient because of her people—the neighbors, first responders, guardsmen and women, and volunteers—helping those in need. Our state is going to need all resources available to help rebuild,” said Governor Sanders. “Following my conversation with President Biden Monday morning, and FEMA Administrator Criswell today, I submitted a formal request for a Major Disaster Declaration. If approved, these resources will help Arkansans rebuild and come back even stronger.”

With the damage assessment process now complete, Governor Sanders is specifically requesting:

  • Individual Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans, and Public Assistance Categories A and B for Benton, Boone, and Marion counties
  • Direct federal assistance
  • Hazard Mitigation statewide