Deadline approaching for N.O. East tornado victims to seek FEMA money

Jade Cunningham reports from a resource fair for victims of the N.O. East tornado in February. April 12 is the deadline to sign up for FEMA assistance.

Victims of the New Orleans East tornado who still need to apply for FEMA disaster relief have until Wednesday, April 12 to apply. With the deadline a few days away, a resource fair on Saturday was designed to make sure victims get the help they need.

Just two months after the tornado hit, many residents are still in need of help.

“The roof was damaged, my son was at home, but he’s safe. That was the main concern,” said resident Rosa Allen.

“We was blessed not to be in the house, but when we came home our home was destroyed,” said resident Shirley Payton, who attended the disaster recovery fair on Saturday.

The event was to help keep homeowners and renters on track in finding relief.

“It provides an opportunity for survivors to come into one location and really feel comfortable walking through each and every entity that we have here to really look at the resources that are available,” said Earl Randall III, a field office director for the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

Representatives from multiple organizations like FEMA and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development were on hand to answer a variety of questions including about disaster tax relief, foreclosure prevention and rebuilding.

“One of the things that we see is people kind of hit a disaster wall. They filed their FEMA application and their insurance claim but what do we do next?” said Randall. “We want to send people out of these doors with a renewed hope that their recovery is right there,” he said.

Turnout for the event at the New Orleans East Hospital was low, but those who did go were happy they did.

As the April 12 deadline nears for disaster recovery assistance, these survivors say the event gave them some hope, something they haven't felt since the tornado blew it away.

If you still need to apply for assistance, log on to FEMA.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA.

© 2017 WWL-TV


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