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No FEMA aid for victims of Adairsville tornado

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ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. -

One week after a tornado devastated the northwest Georgia town of Adairsville, many families still don't know where to turn to for help or a place to stay.

An estimated 50 percent of the victims did not have insurance, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will not be providing aid. FEMA has very specific guidelines and formulas on when they provide aid, and they said that the Adairsville tornado does not qualify.

That leaves a lot of residents with questions.

We met Ashley Butler in Adairsville a week ago when the tornado struck. They have been calling a tiny camper home since the motel in which her family was staying was destroyed along with everything they owned. The Butler family did not know where to turn for help.

Christy King, who is the Butler children's school bus driver, found them at the shelter. King brought them to her home and provided them with the trailer along with food, clothing, and has been collecting donations for them.

King told FOX 5's Justin Gray that she feels that the children on her bus are part of her family and that she tries to take care of them all.

The Butler family's story is not unique following the deadly tornado, but Adairsville city leaders believe what is unique is how families like the Butlers won't be getting help from the Federal government.

Adairsville City Manager Pat Crook was surprised that the $75 million worth of damage was not enough to prompt any Federal assistance. Crook, along with other city and county leaders, are trying to find out how to help the half of tornado victims believed to be without insurance, but until then people like Christy King are stepping up along with several area churches.

For people still needing help and aid, there is a meeting Thursday night at the Adairsville Church of God.

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