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Hutchinson talks levees, 911 system, census


Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson spoke last week at the Arkansas Emergency Management Association Conference about the state's Levee Task Force, the "modernized" 911 system and the importance of getting an accurate federal census count for the state.


By Cassidy Kendall
The Sentinel-Record

HOT SPRINGS — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson spoke last week at the Arkansas Emergency Management Association Conference about the state's Levee Task Force, the "modernized" 911 system and the importance of getting an accurate federal census count for the state.

Hutchinson announced at the conference that he had signed Executive Order 19-12 to establish the Arkansas Complete Count Committee that will assist in counting everyone for the federal census taken every 10 years.

A news release from the governor's office, issued around the time he was speaking in Hot Springs, said the Arkansas Complete Count Committee will consist of 30 volunteer members appointed by the governor from state, municipal, and county government, as well as citizen and private sector representatives.

Hutchinson told the conference that an accurate census is essential in disaster work because the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses the census data to determine the need for federal assistance and Homeland Security bases grant funding upon census information. Read more.

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