PASADENA, Texas (KTRK) — Dozens of people whose homes were destroyed or damaged by Tuesday’s tornadoes are being treated Saturday at the Joint Disaster Assistance Center in Pasadena.
“I have nowhere else to go. So I sleep in my car. Me and my two dogs,” said Ezekiel Nava, who lost his home in Pasadena. “Besides the cold, it’s the hunger. I’m still holding my head up and trying to keep going.”
The center is open to anyone who has been affected by this week’s tornadoes and needs help applying for state and federal aid. Experts will help residents complete the paperwork and complete the necessary documents.
Volunteers also provide food, hygiene items and other donated items.
“I know nothing about this. I know getting car compensation insurance is still complicated. It’s different for a home,” explained Angie Reyes, whose home was damaged in the tornado.
“I’ve never done anything like this, so I’m kind of nervous, but I’ve got to go on and I’ve got to try,” Nava added. “I try to keep my head up and look at the other side of the rainbow. You have to go through storms before you get to the rainbow.”
The mayors of Deer Park and Pasadena have teamed up with various agencies to implement a joint disaster relief recovery center. There are people who can physically help people file damage claims and guide them through the next steps.
The leaders say that this is the first step. They are receiving accurate estimates from the state and FEMA, who have requested data on the damage sustained.
The center, located at 7902 Fairmont Parkway, will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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