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Irma Victims Seeking Fed Aid May Be Impacted By Hurricane Harvey Victims Doing The Same

MGN Online

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Texas may be impacting Irma victims in Florida trying to register for federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Gracia Szczech is FEMA’s Regional administrator for Region IV, which includes several southern states like Florida and Georgia. She says the biggest thing her agency wants residents to do is register.                             

“Those who had impacts to their homes or in the shelters, they need to register. The best way to register is www.disasterassistance.gov or they can go the FEMA application. There’s also a phone number they can call, which is 1-800-621-FEMA. And, unfortunately, with the experience of disasters of Harvey and now, those phone lines are busy. So, that’s why we recommend for you to go to the website or the FEMA application.”

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.