FEMA Trailer Comes Two Months Post-Katrina - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

10/29/05

FEMA Trailer Comes Two Months Post-Katrina

"The water damage was all the way up to the ceiling inside the house. So the whole house is gutted right now," said Kelly Dial.

Since the inside of Kelly Dial's dream home overlooking Johnson's Bayou is destroyed, she and her two boys have lived in tents for about six weeks now.

"It's been pretty crazy. The hardest part has been this week because it's been so cold, getting the kids up for school at six in the morning and it's dark," said Dial.

But her dark days are now over.

After six weeks of requesting a FEMA trailer, the agency finally delivered, but Dial says it took her husband, who is currently in Iraq, to send an email to WLOX.

"Everyone in this neighborhood, they all have FEMA trailers. I just felt like I'm out of the system. And so today, as I was driving to go to the FEMA office in Gulfport to once again complain, WLOX called me and informed me that my husband in Iraq emailed, and told them of our situation, and thank God he did because we got a FEMA trailer today. Ten minutes after I left the FEMA office," said Dial.

She said she is thrilled to have a place to temporarily call home while helping to ease her husband's fears.

"We now have electricity, water and shelter," said Dial.

But she says it shouldn't have taken a call to the media to help get the job done, and even though she knows the tactic will not work for everyone who is still without some sort of FEMA assistance, she offers these words of advice.

"You have to go to the FEMA location in Gulfport every single day, and do not talk to the same person every time. You make sure that you get on that stage where the management is located and you talk to them because if you don't, your name will go on a piece of paper, and that's it," said Dial.

WLOX spoke with FEMA's public information officer Stan Cramer Friday evening, who said, "We are continuing to increase the flow of trailers into the state and getting them occupied and we're doing everything we can to get everyone into shelter as fast as we can to anyone who needs them. People have to tell us that they need them, and they can do that by calling 1-800-621-FEMA."

By Karla Redditte

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