Title: Oral History Interview with Johnnie and Kathleen Bratten, January 15, 2000. Interview K-0508.
Interviewer: Thompson, Charles
Interviewee: Bratten, Kathleen
Subjects: Hurricane Floyd, 1999 Floods--North Carolina Disaster relief--North Carolina Bratten, Johnnie Bratten, Kathleen Tick Bite (N.C.) United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
Abstract: Johnnie and Kathleen Bratten are longtime Tick Bite, North Carolina, residents whose home was completely destroyed in the flooding that accompanied Hurricane Floyd. At the time of the interview, the Brattens had received virtually no assistance from the government—just a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailer that let off fumes to which Kathleen was allergic. Instead, a group of religious groups and volunteers supplied the couple with money, appliances, and other aid. This outpouring of support and good will has strengthened their religious faith and belief in human kindness. This interview provides a snapshot of volunteer relief efforts and the extent to which church groups and other volunteers helped flood victims.