The first ten FEMA trailers have arrived in the Joplin area to provide temporary homes to Joplin tornado victims. More will be rolling in this week. The first units to arrive have come from Selma, Ala.
A FEMA spokesman says priority for use of the trailers will go to people living at the Red Cross shelter in Joplin. The Red Cross says it’s going to close the shelter tomorrow afternoon. More than 65 people have been housed there.
FEMA has ordered 60 mobile homes for temporary housing of Joplin tornado victims but says the order could increase if needed. FEMA will pay for the rent and utilities for the trailers for as long as a year and a half.