The Smiths were an average family made up of three people, John (52), Pam (50), and Jake (19).
John and Pam are both employed and Jake is still in college. John manages a branch of a company in their town. Pam is a saleperson for a local business.
All family members enjoy watching TV. John likes to travel, Pam likes to eat out at restaurants, and Jake likes to play video games and run track.
Luckily, they were able to get help from FEMA. FEMA coordinates the government's response to disasters, man-made or natural.
That all changed when their town was victim to a major hurricane.
FEMA provides grants of money that can provide temporary housing, home repairs, under-insured and uninsured property. The way you qualify for FEMA is to be victim to an unfortunate disaster and have a representative from FEMA come and inspect your property damage and record all the damages. They will then later evaluate whether or not you are eligible for a grant.
The Smiths now have a temporary apartment, have paid for part of the repairs for their house, and have food so they don't starve. Without FEMA, they would have to pay for all of this by themselves and have an increased risk of going broke.
This experience has changed this whole family forever. John and Pam are now working hard to find a new job. They are also learning how to save their money better so in case something like this happens, they'll be ready. Jake is also trying to get a part-time job to go to when he's not in class. He wants to help his family in any way he can. FEMA has forever changed this family.