FEMA Forum for Evacuees in Savannah

FEMA's slow response during Katrina has left evacuees with a lot of questions, but now those in our area are getting some answers at a special forum. More than 600 families have filtered into the Savannah area seeking shelter, some temporary, some permanent.

There've been so many questions, with few to no answers, for the displaced families of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"We're all, the family members are all scattered all over from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas," said Texas evacuee Judy Brodeur. "I'm here in Savannah, Georgia, with my brother and his family and I haven't heard very much from very many people."

Lucky enough to wander into the Salvation Army, Brodeur is meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency just in case she has nothing to go back home to.

"I came here to get the ball rolling, because we really just don't know how badly damaged our homes are," she said.

With members of FEMA here in town for the next several days, the Savannah chapter of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army's Savannah Corps will set up a forum for the more than 600 families displaced from recent hurricanes.

With many families left with nothing to go home to, officials are trying to get the word out about all the help still available.

"There's a $2,000 monies that will be sent to them right away," said FEMA's Stan Krajeski. "They'll be having housing money for them, some two months, some three months. A lot of it will be on a case-to-case basis."

But you can only get that help if you sign up. If you're an evacuee currently staying here in the Coastal Empire and you have not registered with FEMA, you can do so at the Salvation Army (912-651-7420). The next forum will be held this Friday night at 6pm.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com