By Steve Hardy, Chattanooga Times Free Press - bio
Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Times Free Press.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- FEMA employees sat in Chattanooga's Fire Station 7 on Saturday talking, snacking, joking about picking up some Jim Beam after work.
They had a lot of time on their hands; during the two hours a Times Free Press photographer and writer were on the scene, absolutely no one showed up asking for help recovering from storms and tornadoes.
Nor did anyone need to.
Applicants for FEMA aid register online or by phone. If an applicant comes to a FEMA disaster recovery center, he or she is handed a phone or computer.