|By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Question from Claire Galed, public services manager with the city of
"This seems like a huge emergency to us. But as bad as it was, how would
Answer: "As a rule we never compare disasters. When people lose their belongings and their sense of safety, it can be devastating, no matter what the circumstances and no matter what part of the country it happens in.
"I've seen all types of disasters, across the country. People need to pull together as a community in order to recover."
"A lot of people live in their basements, entertain in their basements. They've lost TVs, furnaces, water heaters, all kinds of appliances, furniture, stereos. How much of that does
A: "When a
"I don't know what my (total) damage is yet. My appliances are running, but how long? We haven't looked in our crawl space under the house, but we expect there's going to be black mold down there. It could be months before we know how much damage is here. Is
A: "Mold can be a serious issue and that's why we encourage people to clean up immediately, once it's safe to go in and start the cleanup process. All the damage we're seeing is being taken into account. If people do have to buy new things or pay for extensive repairs, they should keep all their receipts because if a disaster is declared for individual assistance, they need receipts to verify their losses."
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