FEMA is reaching out to the tornado torn communities within Henry County by going door-to-door, making sure everyone is aware of the possible aid from the government.
FEMA officials say they just want to make sure no one gets overlooked at a time like this. And, they say it's a vital part of the FEMA team to go to everyone in the community.
Horace Mitchell was at his home the day the tornado ripped through. He says FEMA plays an important role in his community.
The day after opening the Disaster Recovery Center or and days after the area being declared a disaster, FEMA community officials went door-to-door to make sure everyone gets as much aid as possible.
FEMA officials say it’s important to go to each house that has been affected by the storm just to make sure no one falls through the cracks.
“I think that’s what they should do, going door-to-door. If no one comes out, smoke them out because FEMA is all about helping people,” says Mitchell, who is a resident in Bethlehem.
"They won’t know about the DRC unless we go door-to-door. They won’t know to call that 1-800 number. Often, people are outside the area where people know that stuff. They don’t necessarily get the papers. They don’t necessarily see the TV. By going door-to-door we can answer their questions and give them the guidance and encouragement to make that call," says Cathy McCue, FEMA Community Relations Field Officer.
FEMA officials visited both the Bethlehem community and the Otho community, and say they will return on a needed basis.
If someone wasn't home, FEMA leaders left flyers telling residents how to contact FEMA to get help.
If you missed the visit from FEMA, officials encourage you to go to the Disaster Recovery Center or call the toll-free number, which is 1-800- 621- FEMA.