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Shelter at Home Program

The deadline to apply for the temporary repairs through the Shelter at Home Program is approaching.
 
 DEADLINE TO APPLY!
The deadline to apply for The Shelter At Home Program is October 15th, 2016.

Who should apply?
Homeowner's (including those in manufactured or modular homes) who suffered damages from the recent floods.

How to apply?
Call: 1 800 927-0216
Apply On-Line: www.ShelterAtHome.la.gov

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Disaster News

Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters

Disaster Field Operations Center–West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841

Release Date:  Sept. 9, 2016
Media Contact:  Richard Jenkins
Release Number:  LA 14811-10
Phone:  (916) 735-1500
SBA Encourages Louisiana Flood Survivors to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance Loans

 

SBA has approved more than $236 million in loans to businesses, homeowners and renters impacted by flooding in the Baton Rouge area

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues its long-term recovery response to Louisiana flood survivors, providing face-to-face assistance at SBA business recovery centers, federal/state disaster recovery centers, and Small Business Development Centers. Low interest federal disaster loans are available to credit worthy borrowers who have suffered physical damage to their businesses or homes.

 

A total of 195 SBA team members are working across 34 disaster centers in the Louisiana Capital Region to assist those impacted by the recent flooding. At the centers, businesses, homeowners and renters can get help with the disaster loan application, learn about other forms of federal assistance, and receive business continuity counseling. In addition, 117 SBA field inspectors are on the ground surveying property damage and SBA call center staffers have fielded more than 49,500 calls with Louisiana disaster survivors.

 

“Two weeks ago, I visited Baton Rouge, Louisiana to meet with families and see firsthand how the SBA could help," said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “I heard from families whose lives have been turned upside down by the tragic rise of flood waters, and from many others who have lost their precious keepsakes, family photos and the place they called home. No amount of news coverage or photos of damaged property could capture their sentiments and what I saw and heard there, but I was heartened by the personal accounts of how our SBA team was playing a role in their recovery.”

 

To date, SBA has approved 191 business disaster loans for a combined $16.5 million and 2,959 disaster loans for homeowners and renters totaling $219.6 million. Total SBA loan support as of the time of this release is $236,181,500.

 

Contreras-Sweet added: “While we’ve already made more than $200 million in loans to those impacted by the flooding, we know that many more have yet to seek available SBA assistance. We encourage businesses, homeowners and renters who suffered property losses to visit one of the 34 disaster centers in Louisiana, go to SBA.gov or contact FEMA to find out more about how we can help.” 

 

Businesses and residents affected by the flooding are encouraged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before the Oct. 13 deadline by calling (800) 621?FEMA (3362) or (800) 462-7585 (TTY) for individuals who are deaf or hard?of?hearing.

 

For recovery center locations, and details on how to apply for SBA disaster loans, go to https://www.sba.gov/offices/disaster/dfocw/declaration/1538306.

 

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. The SBA can also lend additional funds to help business and residents with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

 

For small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

 

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

 

Business owners and individuals may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

 

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard?of?hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

 

For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to:  U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

 

The filing deadline to submit applications for property damage is Oct. 13, 2016. The deadline to submit economic injury applications is May 15, 2017.

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State Emergency Operations Center State of Louisiana Joint Information Center

7667 INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD • BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA 70806 • (225) 925-7500 • FAX (225) 925-7501 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

JIC Contact: (225) 358-5361 JOHN BEL EDWARDS GOVERNOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 30, 2016

MEDIA CONTACT:

Contact: Mike Steele

Communications Director

Mike.Steele@la.gov

(225) 788-0095

FEMA: Read Denial Letters Carefully

Baton Rouge, LA (August 30) – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourage you to carefully read letters indicating denial of flood assistance. So far, FEMA has approved more than $315 million for home repairs, temporary housing and other needs assistance. Survivors who have received a letter from FEMA saying they are "ineligible" should make sure to read the letter all the way through to the end to find out why.

"Some applicants are only missing a portion of the necessary information to continue the process," said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. "There may be an easy fix if someone did not sign a document or if your application is missing a necessary insurance form. Don’t give up on the process. Follow up with FEMA and file an appeal."

Here are recommendations from FEMA for those who receive a denial letter:

If you disagree with the decision letter you received, you can follow the below guidance to appeal the decision.

Read the letter carefully to find out why the decision was made.

Do you need to provide additional information?

• Insurance determination letter.

• Proof of occupancy or ownership.

• Proof of ID.

• Applicant’s signature. August 30, 2016 Page 2

Common reasons for the initial decision:

• The damage was to a secondary home or a rental property, not a primary residence.

• Someone else in the household applied and received assistance.

• Disaster-related losses could not be verified.

• Insurance covered all losses.

Contact FEMA for help with filing an appeal or any questions.

Call

• 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available)

• 800-462-7585 (TTY)

File a written appeal.

• Explain why you think the decision was not correct.

• Provide supporting information and documents.

• Include your FEMA registration number on all documents.

• Sign the letter.

Mail or fax your appeal within 60 days of the decision letter date, or drop it off at one of the Disaster Recovery Center.

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We urge everyone to continue to use caution in areas where floodwaters remain. Monitor. DOTD’s www.511la.org website for updated road closure information. Look for advisories from your local authorities and emergency managers. You can find the latest information on the state’s response at www.emergency.la.gov. GOHSEP also provides information on Facebook and Twitter. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App. It is free for basic service. You can also download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at www.getagameplan.org.

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From the Baptist Association of Southeasst Louisiana

If you are in need of assistance with flood relief clean out (mud-out), please call the office at 985-839-3827. We have volunteers answering the phone between 8:30am-4:00pm. You can also email us at floodrelief@basela.org. This is our new email address for those needing assistance with flood relief.

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Several BASELA churches have asked about what supplies to collect:
Gatorade (for volunteers working on homes)
Bleach, Mops, Brooms
Rubber gloves, Work gloves
One gallon spray bottles, Masks...
Razor/utility knives
Crow bars & pry bars, Hammers
Mosquito repellent, Sunscreen
First Aid Kits, Hand Sanitizer, Bottled water
Ziploc Sandwich bags, Paper bags for sack lunches
Hand soap, Basic toiletries, Toilet paper, Paper towels
Plastic forks, spoons, knives
Paper plates
We don't have a need for clothes at this time but we'll post when clothes are needed.
You can drop off supplies at any of these locations:
BASELA Missions Office 2116 Washington St., Franklinton, LA 70438
The Lord's Church 1936 Hwy 440, Kentwood, LA 70444
First Baptist Church 4200 Main St., Zachary, LA 70791
If you have an extremely large load (18-wheeler or moving truck) of donations, please call the BASELA Missions Office at 985-839-3827. We have another site that can store that large amount of supplies to be distributed from there to those in need with flood relief.

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Steps To Prevent Mold Growth from Reoccurring:
• Fully dry wet building materials, furnishings and carpets within 48 hours of getting wet, if possible.
• Replace water-damaged items as soon as possible.
• Make sure that heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) systems are always running to keep the right amount of air flowing inside of the building.
• Keep indoor relative humidity below 60 percent (ideally, between 30 percent... and 50 percent). Good airflow and dehumidifiers help to keep humidity low. These items are available at home supply stores.
• Check roofs, ceilings, walls, floors and carpets for water leaks, mold growth or musty odors.
• Fix broken roof gutters.
• Routinely replace air conditioner filters and clean drip pans.
• Make sure that stoves/ovens, bathrooms and clothes dryers are vented to the outside of the home, if possible.
For more information about returning home after floods or other disasters and emergencies, please visit  www.dhh.la.gov/emergency 

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Disaster News

Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters

Disaster Field Operations Center–West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841

Release Date:  August 17, 2016
Media Contact:  Richard Jenkins
Release Number:  LA 14813-01
Phone:  (916) 735-1500
SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Louisiana

Private Nonprofit Organizations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations in Louisiana following President Obama’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the severe storms and flooding that began Aug. 11, 2016, announced Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). PNPs that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

 

SBA disaster assistance is now available in Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, Saint Helena, Saint Landry, Saint Martin, Saint Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.

 

“PNP organizations should contact Joseph Costello, state applicant liaison group lead, at (225) 620-6280 or Joseph.Costello@la.gov to obtain information about applicant briefings” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “At the briefings, PNP representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” continued Garfield. FEMA will use that information to determine if the PNP provides an “essential governmental service” and is a “critical facility” as defined by law. If so, FEMA may provide the PNP with a Public Assistance grant for their eligible costs. If not, FEMA may refer the PNP to SBA for disaster loan assistance.

 

SBA may lend PNPs up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

 

For certain private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help with meeting working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the nonprofit suffered any property damage.

 

The interest rate is 2.625 percent with terms up to 30 years. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 17, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 16, 2017.

 

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

 

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard?of?hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 16, 2016

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mike Steele

mike.steele@la.gov

225-788-0095

The Flood Fight Continues in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE (August 16, 2016) – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness continues 24 hour operations in response to the massive flood event still impacting much of the state. This dangerous situation is not over. Rescue operations continue is some areas.

"This disaster is impacting the state in phases, much like the first flood that struck the state in March.," said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. "We continue to support our local partners with their flood fighting efforts. We have also started the recovery process in areas where that is possible. Louisiana has received a Federal disaster declaration. If you have been impacted by the flood, register your damage with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA. Do not wait for an insurance settlement to register. Please be aware of the dangers that remain due to the high water and changing road conditions."

If you are able to safely start cleanup of your home or business, remember this information:

The basic rule is, if you can see or smell mold, take steps to eliminate the excess moisture; then, cleanup and remove the mold by:

• Using a non-ammonia soap or detergent and hot water or a commercial cleaner.

• Thoroughly scrubbing all contaminated surfaces (using a stiff brush to clean masonry walls) with the soap or detergent. Use an excessive amount of cleaning solution for best results.

• Rinsing clean with water. August 16, 2016

After cleaning, apply a disinfectant solution of household bleach (one-fourth cup bleach per gallon of water) to the surface. If the mold has already started to grow back, try a stronger solution: one-half gallon bleach in five gallons of water. A bleach solution should be applied with a handled garden sprayer. Thoroughly wet the studs, wall cavities and floors. Avoid excessive run-off. Use a wet-dry vacuum to collect extra bleach solution. Allow the bleach solution to dry naturally for a six- to eight-hour time period. The bleach solution should not be removed or dried quickly - extended contact time is important.

Safety tips:

• Never mix bleach with ammonia: the fumes are toxic.

• Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

• Ventilate the working area well by opening doors and windows and using fans.

Molds can infiltrate Sheetrock, carpeting and insulation. When working around moldy areas, use respiratory protection. Individuals vary in their susceptibility to these substances, but almost anyone who breathes enough spores will have an adverse reaction. These reactions can include tightening in the chest, flu-like symptoms or even more severe reactions.

Remember, do not wait for visits from FEMA or insurance adjusters before cleaning up flood damage and starting repairs. FEMA provides assistance to all eligible applicants. Renters may qualify for assistance too.

Find more tips on weather and preparedness on GOHSEP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App. It is free for basic service. You can also download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at www.getagameplan.org.

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More Louisiana Survivors Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance, Urged to Register


Release date: 
August 16, 2016
Release Number: 
DR-4277-LA NR-003
BATON ROUGE, La. – Survivors in 20 Louisiana parishes may now be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Point Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana have joined East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa as parishes eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Anyone in Louisiana with damage from the continuing severe storms and floods that began Aug. 11 may register two ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
By calling 800-621-3362

People who use TTY may call 800-462-7585
Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 800-621-3362.
Survivors only need to register once.  These toll-free telephone numbers are operating from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA never charges fees to apply for or receive federal disaster assistance. State and federal officials encourage disaster survivors to be alert for scams and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately. 

Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners and renters can include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residence, as well as other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. The loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. 

Homeowners and renters should apply as quickly as they can, even if they have insurance.  FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments but underinsured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

Residents are urged to contact their insurance company to file their flood insurance claims. For flood insurance policyholders who may have questions, FEMA has streamlined its process to better service claims and answer questions. Policyholders may call 800-621-3362 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and select Option 2. Call center staff are available to assist policyholders with information regarding their policy, offer technical flood guidance to aid in recovery, and respond to general as well as complicated questions about the NFIP. Policyholders with questions specifically about an insurance claim can be transferred to their insurance carrier for additional assistance.

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We urge everyone to continue to use caution in areas where floodwaters remain. Monitor DOTD’s www.511la.org website for updated road closure information. Look for advisories from your local authorities and emergency managers. You can find the latest information on the state’s response at www.emergency.la.gov. GOHSEP also provides information on Facebook and Twitter. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App. It is free for basic service. You can also download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at www.getagameplan.org.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.
Last Updated: 
August 16, 2016 - 20:22
State/Tribal Government or Region: 
Louisiana
Region VI
Related Disaster: 
Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: 

Aaron Titus

303.402.0170x118

titus@visionlink.org

 

Free Louisiana and Mississippi Disaster Home Cleanup Hotline Available Now 

Call 1-800-451-1954 for free help from local relief agencies  

[Baton Rouge, LA]. – August 15, 2016 – From now through September 16, 2016, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (www.ITDRC.org) and VisionLink (www.VisionLink.org), are staffing and supporting a free hotline for the survivors of the Louisiana/Mississippi floods. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in cleaning and mucking out homes. All services are free.

“Voluntary relief agencies play a vital role in whole community recovery. The police and fire department can save your life in an emergency, but they do not have the time or resources to help you clean out your home,” said Dr. Douglas Zimmerman, president and CEO of VisionLink. “This partnership helps connect survivors with local relief agencies in your area,” said Joe Hillis, operations Director with ITDRC which is providing volunteers to staff the hotlines.

This hotline will alert multiple relief agencies that survivors need help. All services are free and performed by vetted and reputable relief agencies and members of the Louisiana, Mississippi and National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Response times will vary so we ask the citizens of Louisiana and Mississippi for their patience while the teams receive and organize their response to help.

Please note that calling the helpline, does not replace a local municipality’s request for residents to report damage nor does it register you for assistance with FEMA. Survivors should still contact those entities separately. 

Survivors needing assistance with home cleanup in Louisiana and Mississippi may call: 1-800-451-1954

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