Whole of Government Focuses on Lifesaving Measures, Power Restoration for Hurricane Ida Response

WASHINGTON -- A tremendous coordination effort is taking place at all levels of government and utilizing assets from across the nation to conduct life-safety and rescue efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi.   Emergency and first responder teams began their operations early Monday morning. From Texas to Alabama, search and rescue teams from more than 15 states, FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard are conducting search and rescue operations across the impacted areas. The U.S. Northern Command is supporting logistics and coordination to move equipment and supplies from several Incident Support Bases across Mississippi...

Louisiana Survivors Affected by Hurricane Ida Can Apply for Possible FEMA Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana homeowners and renters affected by Hurricane Ida who live in parishes that have recently been designated for Individual Assistance could be eligible for help from FEMA. The parishes are: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana Parishes. If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you should file a claim as...

ICYMI – FEMA Administrator Responds to Ida’s Initial Impacts

WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell briefed the media this morning on initial Hurricane Ida impacts and federal response. On ABC’s Good Morning America, Administrator Criswell addressed dangerous conditions for those in the path of the storm. “Some of the initial reports that we're hearing are some building collapses across the area, significant structural damage to many buildings. We're seeing some barges and some vessels that may have been broken loose and we're also experiencing over a million power outages right at the moment,” said the Administrator. “The state has search and rescue teams either in place right now rescuing or ready to go out at...

FEMA Urges Residents to Stay Alert to Continuing Risks from Ida

WASHINGTON -- FEMA continues to track Ida, which made landfall as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane near Port Fourchon, La., on Sunday afternoon. Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Ida continues to bring dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and life-threatening flash, urban and river flooding over portions of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi today. “FEMA’s priorities are to support effected states by providing life-saving and life-sustaining actions,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Areas inland will continue to experience dangerous weather conditions, so please be safe and listen to local emergency management...

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Louisiana to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida beginning on Aug. 26, 2021 and continuing. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and...

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Louisiana Incident Period: Aug 26, 2021 and continuing. Declaration Date: Aug 29, 2021 View page in Help for Individuals and Families After a Disaster If you have insurance, you should file a claim with your insurance company immediately. FEMA assistance cannot aid with losses already covered by insurance. I Was Told to Call the Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has established a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center for homeowners, renters and business owners to provide answers to questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process...

Federal Agencies Stand Ready for Hurricane Ida Response

WASHINGTON -- As Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday afternoon, areas along the Gulf Coast experienced life-threatening storm surge, extreme winds and high amounts of rainfall.  FEMA, along with our federal, state, tribal and local partners, as well as non-government agencies and private sector entities, remain fully postured to support impacted states and tribes to fulfill identified requirements. FEMA stands ready to support local, state and tribal emergency responders with ongoing life-safety and emergency efforts. FEMA fulfilled a request for a tribal liaison who is deployed and working at the Coushatta Tribe...

ICYMI -- President Biden, FEMA Administrator Prioritize Life Safety as Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. talking in front of a podium with multiple fema staff standing beside and behind him in the nrccWASHINGTON -- President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. briefed the media earlier today on federal agencies’ preparedness and response efforts on Hurricane Ida, after receiving an update briefing at FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center. Life safety is FEMA’s main priority as dangerous wind, storm surge and flooding continue to threaten the Gulf Coast. The President urged those in the storm’s path to take it seriously. “The storm is life-threatening, and its devastation is likely to be immense. Everyone should listen to the instructions of state and local officials,” warned the President. He went...

Federal Agencies Mobilize to Support Response to Hurricane Ida

WASHINGTON-- As Hurricane Ida intensifies into a major storm in the Gulf of Mexico, FEMA, non-government organizations and federal agency partners continue to work alongside state, tribal and local officials to prepare and respond to the storm. The National Guard, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue to provide support as needed. "FEMA headquarters and regional operation centers are activated around the clock," said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “We’ve pre-positioned equipment and supplies throughout the states to ensure resources are in place. Our federal...

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