FEMA hopes to be in Angelina Co. September 30th

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - State officials have been helping since Ike blew in, but shelters and MRE's can only go so far.  Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter says FEMA has been requested and he hopes for them to be here September 30th.

"FEMA's roll is to cover the safety, welfare and health of the residence that are under-insured or uninsured," says spokesperson Richard Scorza.

There are a few things residents need to do to get ready before FEMA sets up.   The first is that anyone with homeowner's insurance needs to file a claim with their insurance, then FEMA wants them to file for federal assistance as well.

"We want people to register if they in some way, were affected from the storm.  Call 1-800-621-3362 or go to fema.gov," says Scorza.

The second thing is to insure promptness by being ready, even though the process can be intimidating.

"Have the relevant information that's going to be requested.  Like your current address, the address where the damage is, a current phone number, insurance information and a social security number,"  says Scorza.

And keep in touch.  Let FEMA know if you move or your phone number changes.

"Stay current with FEMA. An inspector will call the number in the data base. So if location changes, and it often does in these cases, be sure to inform FEMA of the change of contact information because that's the only way we can set up appointments for inspections," says Scorza.

Once the disaster recovery center or, DRC, is set up in Angelina County, you will have the option to meet face to face with a FEMA representative.  But, they encourage everyone to apply for assistance online or by phone beforehand.