Crisis Counseling Still Available for Flood Survivors of All Ages

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana schools will soon close for summer and the elimination of a normal routine may increase the need for crisis counseling for both adult and child survivors of the August floods.  Free disaster crisis counseling is available through Louisiana Spirit, a program administered by the state and funded by a FEMA grant.  If you wish to speak with the counselors call 866-310-7977.Children should keep a routine and positive focus in the recovery process of disasters. Both are recommended by a number of children-focused organizations working on the...
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Louisiana Flood Survivors Rebuild with $2.4 Billion in NFIP Payments

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana policyholders have received nearly $2.4 billion in insurance payments from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help with repairs and to rebuild homes following the August flood. The average claim for this disaster was $87,426.Policyholders received advanced flood insurance payments of approximately $361 million. The average NFIP advance payment was $18,733 and dispersed in as few as five days to help with recovery and rebuilding efforts.The NFIP has received more than 29,500 claims for this disaster, of which 98 percent are closed. Policyholders affected by...
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Disaster Recovery Funding Tops $3 Billion

BATON ROUGE, La. — Federal help for Louisiana flood survivors now tops $3 billion eight months after the Aug. 14 disaster declaration. This disaster recovery assistance has been disbursed or obligated by FEMA, so far, to eligible Louisianans and public entities through the Individuals and Household Program (IHP) and the Public Assistance Program (PA). Funding was also issued through U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.More than 73,000 Louisiana families received FEMA help through the IHP. The program provides housing assistance, including rental assistance, home repairs and other eligible disaster-related needs. More...
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Registration Deadline for Tornado Survivors is in One Week

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana survivors of February’s tornadoes have one week left to register with FEMA for disaster recovery assistance.The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.Survivors may register with FEMA by going online with any computer, smartphone or tablet to, calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (10a.m. - 7 p.m.), or downloading the FEMA mobile app. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register.FEMA assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants for...
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Preliminary Flood Map for Newton County, Texas, Ready for Public View

DENTON, Texas – New preliminary flood maps for Newton County are ready for review.Residents are encouraged to examine these maps to decide whether they need to buy flood insurance. Additionally, residents and community leaders can make informed decisions about building and development.A team consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state and local officials cooperated to produce them.“We’ve worked with our state and local partners to bring this critical information to the area. We hope that everyone reviews the maps to understand the flood risks involved,” said FEMA Region 6...
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