Locals file into the Monroe Civic Center with one agenda in mind.
“I had a quick question about FEMA,” says Tom Woodfaulk, Resident.
A panel representing different emergency agencies came out to hear and answer their questions, such as reasons for not receiving FEMA aid.
“One of the reasons for denial could be that there is a piece of paperwork that’s required that needs to be turned in. In the event that the paperwork is turned in, the denial would go away. another reason for denial might be an inspector comes out and says this is pre-existing damage that existed before the flood, and therefore it’s not covered,” says a FEMA Representative, Disaster Awareness.
Tom Woodfaulk says he came out so he can go back and share information with South Monroe residents that were unable to come to the meeting due to not having transportation.
“A lot of people they don’t have income and they got flooded out. So I wanted to get some information so I could go back and tell my community about it,” says Woodfaulk.
He adds the meeting was beneficial, clearing up some rumors that have been going around regarding how to get assistance from FEMA.
“By addressing it, and by having this meeting, they are doing a pretty good job,” says Woodfaulk.
For those that didn’t get their questions answered, FEMA representatives stayed after the meeting to assist locals one-on-one.
FEMA asks you to take advantage of disaster centers in the area if you have questions in the coming days.
“I encourage you to work with the folks outside the atrium, the disaster survival assistance team members, or with the people at the disaster recovery center that is here on site,” says a FEMA Representative.
FEMA representatives say they have provided over 19-million dollars to families in Ouachita Parish so far.
As more aid is given, that number will increase.