Build Safer and Stronger with NFIP’s Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage

imageBATON ROUGE, La. — If your home or business was substantially damaged in the August flooding, you may qualify for additional assistance, Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC), to elevate a structure to meet local floodplain-management regulations. Your National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy may provide up to $30,000.Substantial damage applies when the cost of restoring a structure equals or exceeds 50 percent of its pre-damage market value. Some communities have more restrictive regulations.For mitigation purposes, homes and businesses may require changes. Structures that comply with floodplain management regulations have an enhanced...
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Louisianans Urged to Buy Flood Insurance

BATON ROUGE, La. — As the spring rainy season approaches, Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners are urged to purchase a policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NFIP provides affordable flood insurance to homeowners, condo owners, business owners and renters. A few inches of floodwater can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Flood insurance is recommended even when properties aren’t in flood plains or high-risk zones. Properties located in high-risk areas have at least a one-in-four chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage.The average annual flood insurance policy costs...
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Tuesday, March 7, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 6-7 Significant Events: Wildfires – Kansas and Oklahoma Significant Weather: Severe thunderstorms possible – Lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys Freezing rain possible – Northeast Heavy snow possible – northern CA, Northern Intermountain, Northern Rockies Rain and snow – Pacific Northwest to Northern Intermountain, Central Great Basin and northern CA; Great Lakes to Northeast Rain and thunderstorms – Southern Plains to Southeast and Great Lakes Rain – Pacific Northwest to...
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FEMA Assistance for Flooded Infrastructure Tops $304 Million

BATON ROUGE, La. — The August floods that upended the lives of tens of thousands of families across 26 declared parishes also washed away the landmarks of their communities. Critical infrastructure like roads, bridges, public buildings and schools proved as vulnerable to flood waters as had the smallest bungalow.As of March 1, FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program has obligated $304,315,474 to reimburse local and state governments as well as certain private nonprofits for the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure. The funds also cover debris removal and emergency response...
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Get Permits Before You Rebuild

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you have property affected by the February tornadoes in Louisiana, your first step to repair or rebuild should be to check with your local building official. That’s the person who can work with you or your contractor to ensure building permits are properly filed and necessary inspections are carried out.Local ordinances may require permits for repairs to roofs, walls, siding, wallboard, plaster, insulation, paneling, cabinets, flooring, electrical systems, plumbing, septic systems and heating and air  conditioning systems.Once you have secured the proper permits, mitigation experts say...
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Louisiana Spirit Provides Crisis Counseling for Tornado Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. — Survivors of the February tornadoes that struck Livingston and Orleans parishes can receive free disaster crisis counseling. Following traumatic events such as tornadoes and floods, Louisiana Spirit crisis counselors provide an ear for listening, a shoulder to lean on and guidance for establishing normalcy.Counselors with Louisiana Spirit, a program administered by the state and funded by a FEMA grant, are at the disaster recovery center in New Orleans East. Survivors who wish to speak with the counselors may visit the disaster recovery center or call 866-310-7977. The...
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Monday, March 6, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, March 6, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, March 6, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 3-6 Significant Events: Highland Hills Fire – Kansas Significant Weather: Severe Thunderstorms – Central/Southern Plains, Mississippi Valley, Tennessee and Ohio valleys Freezing Rain – Northeast Heavy snow possible – Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Northern Intermountain, Northern Rockies, and Northern Plains Extreme/Critical/Elevated fire weather areas – Southwest to Northern Plains, and Middle Mississippi Valley Space Weather – Past 24-hours: none; Next 24-hours: None Tropical Activity: No activity affecting U.S. interests...
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, March 5, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, March 5, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 4-5 Significant Events: None Significant Weather: Heavy snow possible – Sierras, northern CA and southern OR Critical fire weather areas – Southern and Central Rockies to Southern and Central Plains Elevated fire weather areas – Southwest to Central Plains, Northern Plains, Ohio Valley Space Weather – Past 24-hours: none; Next 24-hours: None Tropical Activity: Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours Earthquake Activity: No significant...
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, March 4, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, March 4, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 4-5 Significant Events: None Significant Weather: Flash flooding possible – south TX Heavy snow possible – Sierras Rain and snow – Pacific Northwest to Northern Intermountain, northern CA and Central Great Basin; Northern Plains Rain and thunderstorms – Southern Plains to Lower Mississippi Valley Snow – Great Lakes to Ohio Valley Rain – northern/central CA; eastern FL Critical/Elevated fire weather areas – Southwest to Middle Mississippi Valley Red Flag...
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FEMA Urges You to Spend Disaster Funds Wisely

BATON ROUGE, La. — More than $1.78 million in federal assistance has been approved by FEMA to help survivors of the February tornadoes recover from the devastation. While assistance is tax-free and grants don’t have to be repaid, FEMA urges you to use the funds quickly, wisely and only for disaster-related expenses.When a grant is awarded, FEMA will send you a letter listing approved uses including:home repairs (e.g., structure, water, septic and sewage systems)rental assistance for a different place to live temporarilyrepair or replacement of a flooded essential vehiclemedical care for...
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Friday, March 3, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, March 3, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, March 3, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 2-3 Significant Events: None Significant Weather: Heavy snow possible – Pacific Northwest to Northern Rockies; Great Lakes Rain and snow – Pacific Northwest to Northern Rockies and northern CA Snow – Northern Plains to Ohio Valley; Southern Appalachians to Northeast Critical/Elevated fire weather areas – TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, CO, GA, SC and NC Red Flag Warnings – TX, OK KS, CO & FL Space Weather: Past 24...
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AmeriCorps Expedite Recovery Efforts for Flood Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. — The AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) has helped more than 2,000 survivors affected by the Louisiana floods with home repair services.Following the disaster, 833 A-DRT members were deployed to Louisiana for mucking and gutting efforts to distressed areas. The remaining crew leaves Saturday, March 4, 2017. For this disaster, crews stripped homes back to the studs, removing damaged drywall, insulation, flooring and large appliances. A-DRTs repaired over 700 homes. A-DRTs have worked with more than 26 Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), including the American Red Cross...
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Louisiana Renters with Tornado Damage May be Eligible for Federal Help

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana renters who experienced losses due to the February tornadoes that damaged Livingston and Orleans parishes may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from FEMA and the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).Renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to help with such disaster-related expenses as:Renting a new residence because the renter’s previous home is uninhabitable due to the tornadoes.Disaster-related medical and dental expenses.Replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the tornadoes. This includes appliances and furniture, textbooks and computers used by students...
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Preliminary Flood Map for Assumption Parish, Louisiana Ready for Public View

DENTON, Texas – New preliminary flood maps for Assumption Parish 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...
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Recovery from Tornadoes in Livingston and Orleans Parishes Includes SBA Loans

BATON ROUGE, La. — The primary source of money for rebuilding after a disaster is low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA loans can help survivors in Livingston and Orleans parishes recover from the Feb. 7 tornadoes that devastated their communities.The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans of up to $200,000 for the repair of a primary residence; up to $40,000 for homeowners and renters to replace personal property; and up to $2 million for businesses and most private nonprofits for physical damage and economic injury.SBA loans are available...
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FEMA or SBA Assistance May Be Available for Tornado Survivors without Flood Insurance

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you’re a Livingston or Orleans parish resident recovering from the recent tornado disaster but you don’t have flood insurance, don’t worry. You may be eligible for FEMA or SBA assistance.The disaster declaration on Feb. 11 for Livingston and Orleans parishes was a wind-related event. Damage is considered to be the direct impact of wind from tornadoes. FEMA may have required some survivors who previously received federal disaster help to maintain a flood insurance policy. Those who didn’t maintain a policy may still be eligible for FEMA...
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FEMA Helps In Many Languages

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FEMA Determination Letters: Getting a Second Chance

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you disagree with the determination letter you received from FEMA, a quick fix may be all that’s needed to change the decision.Everybody has a right to appeal. You should read the determination letter 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 your application in some cases if you:Submit insurance documents. Provide documents from your insurance company that show your coverage or settlement is...
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Multiple Resources Available for Louisiana Tornado Recovery

FEMA Is Not the Only Option for SurvivorsBATON ROUGE, La. — Tornado survivors in Livingston and Orleans parishes have several options in addition to FEMA to aid in recovery efforts. Help is offered through charities, nonprofits, volunteer-based services and the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans (SBA).Food, shelter and other immediate necessities are available through various nonprofit organizations, faith-based agencies and other charities. Dial 2-1-1 or visit for a list of services and benefits available to survivors. Operators are available around the clock.Small Business Administration Disaster LoansU.S. Small Business Administration...
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It’s Not Too Early to Begin Disaster Clean Up

BATON ROUGE, La. — State and federal emergency management officials encourage survivors of the Feb. 7 tornadoes to begin repairs as soon as they can.Storm survivors do not need to wait for a visit from FEMA or their insurance company to clean up and make repairs. FEMA inspectors and insurance claims adjusters will be able to verify damage.It’s important for survivors to take photographs of damage and keep recovery-related receipts. Insurance companies may need both items, while FEMA may need receipts.Survivors should check for structural damage before entering their homes.Emergency management...
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