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FEMA teams going door to door in Tuscaloosa

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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL - FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are working in Tuscaloosa.

The DSA teams include members from a program called FEMA Corp. The college age adults spend ten months assisting the federal agency.

Ken Dankowski with FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance "Extra hands are always, always great. You know whether they be reservist or with FEMA or FEMA Corp people. But you know this team that I'm with here has just been great."

The group is going door to door in the hardest hit areas of Tuscaloosa County, making sure residents are applying for FEMA assistance.

FEMA Corp member JD Cui said, "It makes me understand tornados a lot better and see how it greatly impacts a community and individuals, all their personal belongings and what means the most to them."

Each day is different, but helping in disasters is what this part of their program is all about. The FEMA Corp staff will spend about a month and a half in Alabama before they move on to their next assignment.

The FEMA Corp door to door service was helpful for Linda Grant because both of her cars were destroyed in the tornado. She said, "Yeah it was pretty easy. Just ask them questions and you know tell them what they need to know."

Beyond learning how to provide disaster assistance the staff is learning more about themselves.

FEMA Corp member Kimberly Cox said, the experience has taught her, "that I really love to help out people. Like anyway that I can, I just really enjoy it."

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