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 www.louisiana211.org 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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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Livingston Parish for Tornado Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. — A mobile disaster recovery center will open Thursday, Feb. 16, in Livingston Parish for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the Feb. 7 tornadoes.Specialists from the state of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about assistance available to survivors.The disaster recovery center’s location and hours of operation are:Livingston ParishLocation:  Livingston Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness20399 Government Blvd.Livingston,...
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Tornado Survivors in Livingston and Orleans Parishes May Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you lost work as a result of the tornadoes that struck Livingston and Orleans parishes on Feb. 7, you have until March 15, to apply for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA).DUA may be available if the disaster affected your employment — even if you’re self-employed, a farmer or a farm worker — and you fall under one of the following categories:You worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment.Your workplace was damaged or destroyed.Can establish that the work or self-employment that can no...
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Replacing Lost or Damaged Documents for Tornado Survivors

US Department of Homeland Security - Federal Emergency Management AgencyReplacing Lost or Damaged Documents for Tornado Survivors | FEMA.gov Navigation × Close Navigation Enter Search Term(s): Search Languages Main Content Original linkOriginal author: sylvia.obear
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Beware of Fraud, Scams When Seeking Disaster Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. — Local, state and federal officials urge survivors of the Feb. 7 Louisiana tornadoes to watch for and immediately report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.Identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors while government agencies and charitable groups begin to provide disaster assistance. The most common post-disaster fraud practices include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid.Local, state and federal officials advise all residents that they never request money for help...
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NFIP Advance Payments Expedite Home Repairs for Policyholders

BATON ROUGE, La. — National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders received advanced flood insurance payments of more than $361 million to expedite home repairs following the August flood in Louisiana. Payments were dispersed in as little as five days.The average NFIP advance payment was $18,733. More than $2.3 billion was disbursed to policyholders. The NFIP received a total of 29,551 claims for this disaster with the average payment of $85,798.A conditional wavier of the Standard Food Insurance Policy (SFIP) granted policyholders the advance payment opportunity prior to an official inspection with...
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FEMA’S Geospatial Information Unit Develops Tools for Flood Recovery and Mitigation

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Louisiana Tornado Survivors Encouraged to Apply for Disaster Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you sustained property damage as a result of the Feb. 7 tornadoes and severe storms, register with FEMA. You may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance to help you recover.The presidential disaster declaration of Feb. 11 makes federal Individual Assistance available to eligible families and individuals in Livingston and Orleans parishes.If you had storm damage, you can register for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. You may also call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants...
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Monday, February 13, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, February 13, 2017 Significant Events: • Oroville Dam Spillway Erosion – CA Significant Weather: • Heavy Snow – Southwest to Southern Plains; Northeast • Freezing Rain – Southern Plains • Flash Flooding – Southern Plains • Snow – Upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Central Appalachians, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast • Rain – Southwest to Southern Plains and Middle/Lower Mississippi valleys; Central Florida • Space Weather: Past 24 hours: none; next 24 hours: none   Tropical Activity: No activity affecting U.S. interests   Earthquake Activity: No significant...
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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Orleans Parish for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center is opening Monday, Feb. 13, in Orleans Parish to assist Louisiana tornado survivors. The center will be open 1-6 p.m. Monday, then move to regular hours on Tuesday, Feb. 14, until further notice.Orleans ParishLocation:  East New Orleans Public Library5641 Read Blvd.New Orleans, LA 70127Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SundaysTo register with FEMA, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, call the FEMA Helpline, or download the FEMA mobile app. Help is available in most languages and the FEMA...
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, February 12, 2017 Significant Activity for February 11-12   Significant Events: None   Significant Weather: Heavy Snow – Central Appalachians and Northeast Freezing Rain – Mid-Atlantic Snow – Central/Southern Rockies; Great Lakes to Northeast Rain and Snow – Southern Rockies to Southern Plains; lower Great Lakes to Mid-Atlantic Rain – Southern CA to Southern Plains; Lower Mississippi Valley to Southeastern U.S. up through Mid-Atlantic Space Weather: Past 24 hours: none; next 24 hours: none Tropical Activity: No activity affecting U.S. interests   Earthquake Activity: No...
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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Louisiana

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Trump's disaster declaration issued for the State of Louisiana.  Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.  Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters.  Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.  (Source: FEMA funded and...
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President Trump Approves Major Disaster for Louisiana

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Louisiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds on February 7, 2017.The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Livingston and Orleans parishes.Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.  Federal...
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