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FEMA Arrives Quickly

Sunday, September 25, 2005

(SNN Dallas) Surprising costal Texas residents, FEMA showed up this afternoon to several shelters. Hopefully, despite this development, residents will manage to weather the storm.

Hopefully residents will manage to weather the storm.

It's still raining and a little bit windy, but the worst of the hurricane has past. FEMA has started to arrive on site and fortunately the locals can handle the strain. "The FEMA people never imagined that there would not be food or shelter available," said Red Cross volunteer Rita Paxton. "They didn't have any blankets, so we gave them three." Another Red Cross volunteer addressed the frightened and disoriented FEMA employees, "I'm not leaving until every one of you has a way to get where you need to go."

"I'm not leaving until every one of you has a way to get where you need to go."

At one shelter, FEMA personnel had tried to take charge, but fortunately, inmates from a local jail showed up to help. Hundreds of evacuees came out to watch as the inmates defended water and food stores. The FEMA employees were trying to move the supplies to the centralized location of Bangor Maine.

Around 1 p.m. three white 18 wheelers with paper signs that said "FEMA" rolled in. They contained the paperwork that will have to be filled out before FEMA can take command of the situation.


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