SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The city of Springfield and FEMA are hosting neighborhood meetings to help people find the help they need to recover from the June First Tornado.
Hundreds of people looking for answers filled the Holy Cross Parish Gymnasium in East Forest Park Thursday night. FEMA representative Nick Russo re-iterated that the most important thing anyone with damage to their home can do is register before they visit a disaster recovery center. He said even first responders, who traditionally are among the last to register, shouldn't wait.
"Everyone who has had damage, whether you think you're eligible or not, register! Let the system determine whether or not you're eligible," Russo said.
Catherine Daniel, whose East Forest park home was damaged by tornado, told 22News these meetings have been crucial for her family.
"We didn't know what to do. We didn't know who to ask. We didn't know where to go. It's like everybody else. You're just kinda wandering around in shock. And this is really helping. It's helping a lot of things we need to know."
The city and FEMA will host a similar meeting Friday night at 5:30 at the Spring of Hope Church on Alden Street in Springfield's Maple High/Six Corners neighborhood.
To register for federal aid, call FEMA's toll-free registration HelpLine at 1-800-621-FEMA.