Evacuee Getting Frustrated With FEMA

by Jessica Cervantez

Evacuees are beginning to feel the frustration from having no money.

imberly Amat, an evacuee from Louisiana, said, "I have nothing. We have nothing, and all we're asking for is a little bit of help."

More and more evacuees are feeling the same way. They are all waiting for FEMA to give them money to get back on their feet.

Amat said, "We are self-sufficient people. We have worked hard all of our lives."

Others know what Kimberly is going through. They have been told to register for disaster assistance by getting on the computers and contacting FEMA.

Doug Holland, a volunteer for Red Cross, said that it's a trickle down affect. First, the bigger cities will see the money, and then it will come down to smaller towns like East Texas.

Thousands of evacuees spent the day waiting in places like Houston, hoping to get the $2,000 debit cards from FEMA they have been hearing about for awhile. But, those cards never came. No one knows when evacuees staying in East Texas will get their help from FEMA.

Amat said, "I have a chance to have my own life, just try to have a normal life again, and I can't get financial help at this time."

Evacuees can register with FEMA online or by calling toll free. The number is 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-621-FEMA. Area shelters have phones and computers you can use.