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|Reynolds urges residents to check status with FEMA|
Franklin Parish-FEMA go-between, Mitch Reynolds, is urging residents to check their application status at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Winnsboro this week.
"Basically," Reynolds said, "we're suggesting people not to take 'no' for an answer when it comes to their FEMA application."
Director of the Franklin Parish Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness, Reynolds said there is a possibility, "a lot of people answered questions incorrectly," on their original applications.
For example, some people may have responded incorrectly to a question about willingness to relocate, thinking they would have to leave the area with a "yes" answer. "They're not trying to find out if you will move to Florida, only if you will move to an apartment instead of your home," Reynolds said.
He pointed out that nearly 1,200 Franklin Parish residents are registered with the FEMA individual assistance program, which has been highlighted by a week-long stay in a temporary office early this month. About 50 percent of those registered made an appearance at the FEMA office earlier this month, leaving about 600 with possible questions.
"If anybody has called me and asked a question, now is the time to find the answer by going to the FEMA office" on Prairie Street, Reynolds said.
"It's very rare that they would come back" Reynolds said of the FEMA return to a disaster area. At the time FEMA first came to the parish, early October, Franklin was the northernmost parish designated a disaster area due to Hurricane Gustav.