Providing disaster assistance doesn’t mean much if survivors don’t get the help they need. We’ve talked about community relations teams before; the FEMA employees who go door to door to share information on how individuals and businesses owners can apply for assistance, and what assistance may be available.
With this spring’s tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, our community relations teams have been busy reaching thousands of disaster survivors. We wanted to share the latest video and photos showing the teams in action.
And if you’ve been affected by the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding and live in an eligible county, you can apply for assistance by visiting http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or m.fema.gov on your smartphone, calling (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585, or visiting a disaster recovery center.
Chattanooga, TN, June 18, 2011 -- Teisha Jeter (right), a community relations field worker, discusses special needs assistance with Delores Smith, who is visually impaired, as Joyce Morgan, her community relations team mate, looks on. Community relations field workers help special needs survivors find the help they may be eligible for.
Big Rock, TN, June 15, 2011 -- Foudiya Henri (left), a community relations field worker, talks with Tom Whitehawk as Shavonne Westerfield, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and Kristen McEnroe (background), Federal Coordinating Officer Cadre listen in. Community relations field workers are often the first face-to-face contact many survivors have with the agency.
Rogers, AR, June 4, 2011 --Gina Cortez, a FEMA Public Information officer, talks to a resident about registering with FEMA after her home was affected by recent flooding. Members of FEMA's Community Relations team attended a local fair to make sure visitors were given the opportunity to talk to FEMA representatives about disaster assistance.
Smithville, MS, May 28, 2011 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialist Toby Rice shares information with other FEMA Community Relations Specialists as they prepare to disseminate information to residents of Smithville Mississippi following a devastating tornado. FEMA works to insure that all affected by disaster are aware of available benefits.
For the latest information on a specific disaster, visit its disaster page.