Neighbors Helping Neighbors Across the Pelican State

Community volunteers come together to assist the flood survivors at the St. Amant Church in Ascension Parish, La on Saturday, August 20, 2016. One of the things we see most often after disasters is the concept of "neighbors helping neighbors"—where communities come together to help each other through. This round of flooding in Louisiana has shown us nearly countless instances of this; from children helping to supply lunches for first responders and survivors, to athletes from colleges and professional teams volunteering around their adopted communities. It's been a truly wide-spread humanitarian effort, and one that we've been astounded, humbled, and inspired by. Here's a quick breakdown of just some of the great things...

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Louisiana: Keep in Touch and Update Info with FEMA to Avoid Delays

BATON ROUGE, La. –You may find yourself frequently moving if you’re a survivor of Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods.If you’ve had any changes to your contact information it’s important to let FEMA know so the disaster assistance process stays on track.FEMA may need to contact you to schedule an inspection or to get additional information to help process your application. That’s why it’s important to let them know as soon as possible if you’ve moved or have a new phone number.You may update contact information two ways:If you had storm...

Update on FEMA and Federal Partners’ Support to Disaster Recovery in Louisiana Parishes Affected by Floods

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today an extension to the grace period for expiring flood insurance policies, the latest in a series of actions to support the state in its ongoing response and recovery efforts in Louisiana.National Flood Insurance Program policies typically have a 30-day grace period for renewal to avoid a lapse in coverage. Due to the record flooding, the period to renew policies is extended to 120 days. Today’s action extends the grace period to policies ending Aug. 11 through Sept. 10 and applies to...

Three DRCs Open in Ascension and East Baton Rouge Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Tuesday, August 23, in Gonzales in Ascension Parish and in Baton Rouge and Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.Disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:2nd Baptist Church 914 N. Acadian ThruwayWest Baton Rouge, La. 70802Zachary Men’s Club 5746 Rollins RoadZachary, La. 70791 Survivors may locate other centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Survivors may...

FEMA Extends Grace Period to Renew Flood Insurance Policies in Declared Louisiana Parishes

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that due to the damage and displacement caused by recent flooding, the grace period to renew flood insurance policies has been extended to 120 days, for certain parishes in Louisiana.“We’ve seen major destruction to communities across the state; thousands of Louisianans have been displaced,” said Roy Wright, deputy associate administrator for FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.  “This extension will give policyholders one less thing to worry about, at a time when they are trying to focus on getting back into...

Monday, August 22, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, August 22, 2016 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, August 22, 2016 Significant Activity - August 19-22 Significant Events: Gulf Coast Flooding Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Tropical Depression Fiona; Disturbance 1 - Low (20%); Disturbance 2 - High (near 100%) •Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Kay; Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected through Wednesday Morning •Western Pacific – No activity threatening U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Rain and thunderstorms – California, Southwest, Southern Plains, Southeast, Great Lakes •Critical/Elevated Fire Weather...

Update on FEMA and Federal Partners’ Support to Disaster Recovery in Louisiana Parishes Affected by Floods

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), federal partners’ and the state of Louisiana continue to work together to support relief efforts in Louisiana, to include opening Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) today.FEMA and the State of Louisiana opened two DRCs today, and will continue to open additional centers in locations identified by the state to provide information to survivors. Three additional centers are scheduled to open on Monday. These centers bring together federal, state, and local representatives to share information and answer questions of disaster survivors. Survivors can apply for...

DRCs Open in East Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Sunday, August 21, in Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until further notice.The centers are at the following addresses:Former Parish Tourism Building42271 S. Morrison Blvd.Hammond, La. 70443 St. Helena Environmental Health Unit53 N. 2nd St.Greensburg, La. 70441 Survivors may locate centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. That information is also available on the FEMA mobile app. Survivors may register at any open...

Louisiana Flooding, One Week Later

A photo of a member of Texas Task Force 1 member conducting search and rescue operations on the flooded streets of Louisiana. Unprecedented. Historic. Epic. Three words that have been used to describe this month's flooding in Louisiana. Last Friday, as the rains came down and over 31 inches of water fell in some areas, we knew it was a big deal. A week later, this remains a very significant disaster. Our Administrator traveled down on Tuesday. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security traveled down on Thursday. Next Tuesday, the President will travel. With disasters like these, the federal family wraps its arms around affected communities. Large and small. The...