FEMA brings information on Isaac relief to Plaquemine residents
POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 4:31pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 4:34pm
PLAQUEMINE, LA (NBC33) - — FEMA has found that lots of people still don't know how to get help, 6 weeks after Hurricane Isaac.
So it is sending staff members door to door to tell people that there are still disaster recovery centers where they can go to get answers.
A group of FEMA employees walked through neighborhoods in Plaquemine Tuesday afternoon, talking to people whose homes were damaged in the storm.
They handed out fliers with phone numbers to call and told people how to get to the recovery center on Bayou Road. If no one was home, they left fliers at the door.
The employees heard from many people whose homes had not been fixed, and would not have asked for money if they had not walked by.
"I didn't do nothing about it 'til then," said Reona Tillman. "I didn't try because I didn't know where to go or what to do."
To date, FEMA has given out more than $100 million to Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Isaac, including $83 million for housing assistance.
Some of its disaster recovery centers have closed, but the locations in Plaquemine, Livingston, and Maurepas are still open. The center in Napoleonville will close Wednesday.
To apply for FEMA assistance, go to disasterassistance.gov.