Flood Survivors Should be Cautious When Hiring Contractors

BATON ROUGE, La. —Louisiana flood recovery continues thanks to the work of committed citizens, businesses, government agencies and faith-based, community and volunteer organizations.Unfortunately, some contractors seeking to exploit survivors often appear in a disaster’s wake. Survivors who hire contractors to repair and rebuild homes should be cautious.Consumers working with contractors should keep the following tips in mind:Contractors must be licensed or registered to do work in Louisiana.Down payments for repair work should not exceed 10 percent of the total cost.Contractors should not be paid for work that is not complete. Survivors...

National Flood Insurance Program: for Structures and Belongings

BATON ROUGE, La. — Flood-related disasters occur about every six years in Louisiana, so make sure your home and personal belongings are protected from flood damage. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides content as well as structure coverage.Many who purchase flood insurance forget coverage for contents. Annual premiums for contents insurance in moderate- and low- risk areas range from $48 to $226 to assist with flood loss up to $100,000 for contents depending on the type and amount of coverage.Eligible items for contents coverage include personal items, like clothes and...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Thursday, December 29, 2016   Significant Events: None   Significant Weather: •Heavy snow/high winds – interior New England, Cascades to Northern High Plains •Heavy lake-effect snow – areas downwind of the Great Lakes •Rain/thunderstorms – Deep South and Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic •Space Weather – Past 24 hours – none; next 24 hours – none   Tropical Activity Western Pacific: No activity affecting U.S. interests   Earthquake Activity: No significant activity   Declaration Activity: None FEMA+Daily+Ops+Briefing+12-29-2016.pdf Update Your E-mail Address | Change Delivery Preference | Update...

2016 Roundup: Louisiana August Flood Recovery

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Volunteer Groups, Communities Collaborate to Smooth the Road to Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. –Volunteer organizations have joined Louisiana communities to smooth the road to recovery following the August flood. They play an important role in many federally declared disasters.FEMA has organized volunteer groups in some affected communities to determine potential recovery resources for flood survivors that exceed what federal disaster assistance provides. They form long-term recovery committees to create solutions that fill in the gaps and unmet needs. Committees often collaborate with local leaders to identify what survivor needs remain.Volunteer groups are crucial parts of recovery because federal disaster assistance cannot...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Significant Events: None Significant Weather: •Heavy snow – Pacific Northwest •Space Weather – Past 24 hours – none; next 24 hours – none Tropical Activity Western Pacific: No activity affecting U.S. interests Earthquake Activity: No significant activity Declaration Activity: •Major Disaster Declaration Request – Newtok Village (Within AK)   FEMA+Daily+Ops+Briefing+12-28-2016.pdf Update Your E-mail Address | Change Delivery Preference | Update State and Zip Code | Unsubscribe Subscribe to receive alerts during disasters in your state. If you have questions or problems with...

Understand FEMA Determination Letters and How to Appeal

BATON ROUGE, La. — A quick fix may change decisions for survivors who applied for FEMA help following Louisiana’s August flood and disagree with determination letters.Everybody has a right to appeal. Survivors should read determination letters carefully to understand FEMA’s decision and know exactly what is needed to appeal.Many times applicants just need to submit some extra documents for FEMA to process their application. FEMA can reconsider applicants in some cases if they:Submit insurance documents. Provide documents from their insurance company that detail their coverage or settlement is insufficient to make...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Significant Events: Volcanic Activity – Bogoslof Volcano   Significant Weather: •Heavy Snow – Pacific Northwest, Northern Intermountain, Northern Rockies •Snow – Northern to Central Rockies, Great Lakes •Rain and Snow – Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes and Northeast •Rain and Thunderstorms –Southern Plains through the Tennessee/Ohio Valleys into the Southeast, Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast •Space Weather – Minor (G1 level) storms observed past 24 hours; no storms predicted for the next 24 hours   Tropical Activity Western Pacific: No activity affecting U.S....

Friday, December 23, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, December 23, 2016 Significant Events: None   Significant Weather: Flash Flooding – Southern California Heavy Snow – WA, OR, CA, ID, MN, WI, and MI Freezing Rain – NE, IA, WI, IL, MI, WV, and NY Rain and Snow – Pacific Northwest to Northern Plains, Central Great Basin to Rockies, Southwest, Central Plains to the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Rain and Thunderstorms - Southern Plains to Ohio and Tennessee valleys Space Weather – No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours; No...

Thursday, December 22, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Thursday, December 22, 2016 Significant Events: None   Significant Weather: Rain and snow – Pacific Northwest to Northern Intermountain, Central Great Basin to Plains Rain – northern CA; Southern Plains Rain and thunderstorms - southern CA to Southwest Freezing rain possible – Southwest and Southern Rockies Flash flooding possible - Southwest Snow – Northern Intermountain to Northern Rockies; Northern Plains to Upper Mississippi Valley; Great Lakes to Northeast and Central Appalachians Heavy snow possible – Central/Southern Rockies Space Weather – Past 24 hours: moderate, geomagnetic storms...