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Thursday, October 25, 2007

FEMA puts a Tiger in the tank

Posted @ 2:42 PM

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has deployed a rapid response housing assistance unit or “Tiger Team” to identify immediate housing needs and options for housing assistance for wildfire evacuees.

The teams are made up of assistance specialists, engineers, direct housing specialists and direct replacement assistance coordinators.

The rapid response housing assistance Tiger Team is a new approach to temporary housing, that stems from lessons learned in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The team will analyze evacuee housing needs and match them to available resources, including resources that ensure accessibility of housing assistance to those with disabilities or other special needs.

The Tiger Team also will identify and provide any additional technical assistance required to transition evacuees from shelters to interim and permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Those in the counties designated for assistance to affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at http://www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY at 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers are presently available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves, including permanent address, telephone number, insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.


Anonymous said...

Fema will get you a trailer to live in and then want you to pay for it....And if you can't they will take it away! I know it happened to a neighbor of mine.If you have Insurance,bank account and savings account you will get nothing!...They walk away with all your personal information.Thats what happen to me.But you have to sign up with Fema to get a Fema number so you are entitled to fire discounts from many places like Home Depot,Lowes,Mors.Levits etc;So lots of luck with Fema!Personally I think they suck!

Baja and Back! said...

Are they going to be writing checks to con artists who live 50 miles from the disaster, like last time??