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Coping with multiple disasters

Thousands of people applied for disaster food assistance. Thousands of people applied for disaster food assistance.
How is FEMA handling all of the tornado disasters? How is FEMA handling all of the tornado disasters?
A benefit is being held for the family of Bradlee Bryant A benefit is being held for the family of Bradlee Bryant

Coping with multiple disasters

Good Monday to you. It's a busy one for us in the WAFF 48 Newsroom. Here are some of the stories we are working on today.

Over 93 percent of the people who applied for food assistance in Madison County received the benefits. News numbers from The Department of Human Resources suggest well over 32 thousand households applied for the one time assistance. DHR took applications for assistance over a 6 day period in Madison County.

Representative Laura Hall announced today she is creating a FEMA Brigade. The group will help people who are eligible for FEMA assistance. Hall says the brigade is needed, because a lot of the language in the FEMA application can be confusing. Representatives from the group will help those individuals navigate through the confusion and apply for federal assistance. By the way, statistics show that only about a quarter of those eligible for FEMA assistance, actually apply for it.

In the wake of the April 27th storms here and this weekend's storms in Joplin, Missouri that killed more than 100 people, we wondered how FEMA is handling the demand in the affected areas. Are they stretched too thin? Coming up tonight on WAFF 48 news at 5, reporter Jack Madison speaks to a FEMA Representative about how the organization is responding to the demand in the wake of these natural disasters.

Many families are still cleaning up and trying to pick up what's left of their lives almost one month since the storms. Coming up tonight, we revisit a Tanner man who survived none only one, but two tornadoes. Walter McGlocklin lost his wife and two children in the 1974 tornado. His home was damaged during last month's storm, but is still standing. How he says his faith and determination helped him survive.

Marshall County officials say an Albertville teenager drowned in Lake Guntersville while on an outing with his parents. 17-year-old Bradlee Bryant was swimming with friends in the Brown Creek area of the lake Saturday afternoon when he went under and did not resurface. A fundraising game will be held at his high school to help raise money for his family to bury him. 

Hope you will join us tonight for WAFF 48 News at 5, 6 and 10. WAFF 48 News is your first local news broadcast in high definition.

Kimberly Essex
News Anchor, WAFF 48 News
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