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Friday, 26 April 2019 14:53

City Asks FEMA for 100 Nearby Unused Trailers for Hurricane Victims

(TNS) — Rather than let FEMA trailers sit empty at the Bay County Fairgrounds group site and the staging area in Marianna, Panama City, Fla., is asking to be given the opportunity to put people in them.

City Manager Mark McQueen said the city is negotiating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to try to acquire the surplus trailers. As of last week, there were more than 50 empty trailers at the fairgrounds campsite, according to FEMA reports, in addition to the ones that were staged in Marianna and never rolled out for use.

"Those have gone unclaimed because FEMA has been unable to make contact with those survivors," McQueen said at the recent City Commission meeting. "Knowing that there are some already established in our group sites and that there are another 70 up in Marianna that are not yet placed, we are striving to get those donated to the city."

The hope, according to McQueen, is to get 100 trailers that city officials can offer as interim housing to people who have fallen through the cracks.