Fighting For Rita Dollars

A delegation of business and political leaders are back in Texas... after meeting with their Louisiana counterparts to discuss ways to bring Rita-relief money to the region. Full Story
Lisa37

Since: Jan 06

United States

#1 Jan 10, 2006
It is a shame when we have to fight to get help from a diaster. FEMA says they are for the people and will help the victims from this diaster. Rita ripped off the tin from my roof and caused damage to my attic and the ceilings in several rooms. My husband and I put the sheetrock in every room of this house. To see our hard work ruined is very upsetting. FEMA's inspector said we took the tin off ourselves and allowed the storm to ruin the attic and the ceilings. Where is the help for people like me? How do you fight when no one will listen to you. I sent in my appeal letter in December 2005, still waiting for an answer. My brother and his family evacuated from their mobile home and they only recieved 500.00 for help and I think that was from the Salvation Army. They have three little kids, and their home was hurt by the storm. What about their fight for help? People in my area have gotten help that didn't even need it. Tell me what we need to do to get the help for families like my brother and I. How are we suppose to support our government when our government isn't supporting us?
Mary Ann

United States

#2 Feb 7, 2006
Lisa37 wrote:
It is a shame when we have to fight to get help from a diaster. FEMA says they are for the people and will help the victims from this diaster. Rita ripped off the tin from my roof and caused damage to my attic and the ceilings in several rooms. My husband and I put the sheetrock in every room of this house. To see our hard work ruined is very upsetting. FEMA's inspector said we took the tin off ourselves and allowed the storm to ruin the attic and the ceilings. Where is the help for people like me? How do you fight when no one will listen to you. I sent in my appeal letter in December 2005, still waiting for an answer. My brother and his family evacuated from their mobile home and they only recieved 500.00 for help and I think that was from the Salvation Army. They have three little kids, and their home was hurt by the storm. What about their fight for help? People in my area have gotten help that didn't even need it. Tell me what we need to do to get the help for families like my brother and I. How are we suppose to support our government when our government isn't supporting us?
My advise to you is file another appeal and send a copy to the White House. Go to www.whitehouse.gov and you can get mailing addresses as well as email addresses. Also, copy Governor Rick Perry's FEMA Department. Others have gotten results by doing this. Good luck.
nederland

Beaumont, TX

#3 Feb 9, 2006
Lisa37 wrote:
It is a shame when we have to fight to get help from a diaster. FEMA says they are for the people and will help the victims from this diaster. Rita ripped off the tin from my roof and caused damage to my attic and the ceilings in several rooms. My husband and I put the sheetrock in every room of this house. To see our hard work ruined is very upsetting. FEMA's inspector said we took the tin off ourselves and allowed the storm to ruin the attic and the ceilings. Where is the help for people like me? How do you fight when no one will listen to you. I sent in my appeal letter in December 2005, still waiting for an answer. My brother and his family evacuated from their mobile home and they only recieved 500.00 for help and I think that was from the Salvation Army. They have three little kids, and their home was hurt by the storm. What about their fight for help? People in my area have gotten help that didn't even need it. Tell me what we need to do to get the help for families like my brother and I. How are we suppose to support our government when our government isn't supporting us?
Your best bet is to call the local news media. Everytime they have aired something about FEMA -something usually gets done. good luck to you.
KOGTlistener_Sug arLand

United States

#4 Mar 12, 2006
It's a crying shame that corporate-owned radio stations and national news did nothing for your communities.
Although most people in my area knew nothing about Rita beyond their haphazard evacuation (most of Houston was and still is unaware of how hard you were all hit), I happened to listen to KOGT and called a local church to find out if they were sending a truck of supplies to your area.
Many organizations were (including HEB Grocery!) but many more were unaware.

Torn-up houses and people being without sewer or drinking water (more importantly getting help to you), I suppose is not worthy of corporate-owned news radio and television coverage.
I am afraid, very afraid for the future.

I'm sorry the hurricane hit your area and much sorrier that there was very little help given. I hope and pray everything that you all lost is restored.
beaumont

Beaumont, TX

#5 Mar 15, 2006
KOGTlistener_SugarLand wrote:
It's a crying shame that corporate-owned radio stations and national news did nothing for your communities.
Although most people in my area knew nothing about Rita beyond their haphazard evacuation (most of Houston was and still is unaware of how hard you were all hit), I happened to listen to KOGT and called a local church to find out if they were sending a truck of supplies to your area.
Many organizations were (including HEB Grocery!) but many more were unaware.

Torn-up houses and people being without sewer or drinking water (more importantly getting help to you), I suppose is not worthy of corporate-owned news radio and television coverage.
I am afraid, very afraid for the future.

I'm sorry the hurricane hit your area and much sorrier that there was very little help given. I hope and pray everything that you all lost is restored.
Our evacuation went pretty good considering all the traffic coming from Houston. That's what slowed us down.
KOGTlistener_Sug arLand

Spring, TX

#6 Mar 16, 2006
beaumont wrote:
<quoted text>Our evacuation went pretty good considering all the traffic coming from Houston. That's what slowed us down.
That's bad. I think the gasoline situation just added fuel to the fire, so to speak.
I didn't evacuate because this area was supposed to wait. There's an order to evacuation (people at the coast leave first) but few followed it. Some people died out here on 59.
The city needs more planning (gasoline availability, evacuation order enforcement, etc) and I hope it gets it before next hurricane season.
vidorite in need

United States

#7 Mar 27, 2007
Why can't FEMA help those who really need it? I have a friend whose trailer was totaled and she only got $1500.00 from them. NO other help. now she is living with friends. it's really a shame.

“The Indestructible Mooze”

Since: Feb 09

Moozetown, Watacountry

#8 Jun 17, 2009
Lisa37 wrote:
It is a shame when we have to fight to get help from a diaster. FEMA says they are for the people and will help the victims from this diaster. Rita ripped off the tin from my roof and caused damage to my attic and the ceilings in several rooms. My husband and I put the sheetrock in every room of this house. To see our hard work ruined is very upsetting. FEMA's inspector said we took the tin off ourselves and allowed the storm to ruin the attic and the ceilings. Where is the help for people like me? How do you fight when no one will listen to you. I sent in my appeal letter in December 2005, still waiting for an answer. My brother and his family evacuated from their mobile home and they only recieved 500.00 for help and I think that was from the Salvation Army. They have three little kids, and their home was hurt by the storm. What about their fight for help? People in my area have gotten help that didn't even need it. Tell me what we need to do to get the help for families like my brother and I. How are we suppose to support our government when our government isn't supporting us?
I agree. Money should go where there is need ...

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