Joppa family gets FEMA help

Published: May. 18, 2011 at 1:46 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2011 at 10:09 PM CDT
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Angel Blocker and her two kids are walking up the steps to their new home, a welcomed...
Angel Blocker and her two kids are walking up the steps to their new home, a welcomed replacement to the one they lost to a tornado nearly three weeks ago.

JOPPA, AL (WAFF) - Your tax dollars are helping to shelter some of the 14,000 people who lost homes to the tornadoes.

This includes people like the Blocker family in Joppa, who are now housed in a mobile home provided by FEMA after initially spending several days in tents.

We met the Blocker family a few days after a tornado destroyed their trailer home.

Since, they've been bouncing around from family and friends and even stayed in a tent for a few days.

Tuesday, they officially got the keys to a new, but temporary, home.

Angel Blocker and her two kids are walking up the steps to their new home, a welcomed replacement to the one they lost to a tornado nearly three weeks ago.

In the aftermath, Angel piled what belongings and supplies they still had under a tent, and was using it as shelter.

When the community heard their plight some folks, and even a church group, donated campers for them to sleep in. Now they'll have a real roof over their heads.

FEMA crews put the finishing touches on the home and handed over the keys.

"It's a house to me, somewhere to sleep, somewhere to take a bath," said Angel Blocker.

Angel says with the help of FEMA, her mobile home will get her family back on their feet so they can get back to what having a home feels like.

"It's great, it's awesome. You can actually run out and get some things we need because there is still a lot of things that we got to put in there to get everything going. Simple things, shower curtains, towel, the necessity things," said Blocker.

FEMA mobile homes are given to families who are eligible for up to 18 months.

FEMA is assisting families with temporary homes in Dekalb, Morgan, Jackson, and Franklin counties.

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