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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Johnnie and Kathleen Bratten, January 15, 2000. Interview K-0508. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

A volunteer group steps in where FEMA fails

This passage illustrates the importance of non-governmental groups in the recovery of Tick Bite residents. The Brattens had to wait three weeks to get a trailer from FEMA, and they relied primarily on the Baptist Men's Association for help. The Association offered moral support and help tearing down the Brattens' house, and may have provided a used trailer (it is unclear whether it or FEMA did so) when fumes in the FEMA trailer burned Kathleen's eyes and nostrils.

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Oral History Interview with Johnnie and Kathleen Bratten, January 15, 2000. Interview K-0508. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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