News Alert: Disaster Recovery Centers Open to Help Louisiana Flood Survivors
Posted: 4/1/2016 8:40:27 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
March 30, 2016
DR-4263-LA | PSA #003
FEMA Private Sector:
Susan Langhoff
Clay Rives
Michael Hamilton
225-925-7556 Michael.Hamilton@LA.GOV
Disaster Recovery Centers Open to Help Louisiana Flood Survivors
Disaster recovery centers are open to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. Survivors may locate centers online at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. If survivors have no other way to register, go online to or call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages. Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
More Louisiana Residents Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance, Urged to Register
Louisiana disaster survivors in Jackson, Rapides, Red River and Sabine parishes may now be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Their first step is to register with FEMA.
The federal disaster declaration issued March 13 for seven Louisiana parishes has been expanded three times to include 23 additional parishes as a result of severe storms and flooding that began on March 8, 2016, and continues.
The parishes designated for assistance are: Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Calcasieu, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, Jackson, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.
Residents and business owners 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.

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Make Smart Decisions with Louisiana Flood Recovery Funds
With more than $4.3 million in Individual Assistance already in the hands of Louisiana flood survivors,
state and federal officials have some advice: Resist the urge to splurge. State and federal disaster assistance
is meant to help people pay for necessities and start to get back on their feet.
Disaster assistance may include grants and loans to help pay for emergency repairs to damaged homes,
temporary housing, or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.
A letter explaining a payment’s purpose will arrive within a day or two of the check or direct deposit
payment. If survivors use payments on anything other than their intended purpose, they may have to repay
those funds – and might not be able to receive future disaster assistance.

The State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide assistance to eligible survivors
primarily as Housing Assistance and/or Other Needs Assistance. Federal assistance also is available in the
form of low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help businesses of all
sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to recover.
FEMA Housing Assistance grants may be used for:
• Temporary rental assistance
• Essential repairs necessary to return a damaged home to a safe and functional condition
• Replacing a home that has been completely destroyed
Other Needs Assistance grants may be used to cover disaster-related expenses, such as:
• Medical, dental, funeral and burial costs
• Replacement of disaster-damaged personal property, specialized tools for employment household
items and appliances
• Vehicle repair or other serious needs
To subscribe to future Private Sector Advisories, please send an email to with
“SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. If you no longer wish to subscribe, please put “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. To
partner with us in disseminating situational awareness and helpful information, contact Susan Langhoff by phone at
609-508-2249 or by clicking on the email address link above.
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 To partner
with us in disseminating situational awareness and helpful information, contact us at the email address below.
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.
The 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, or visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-ofhearing
individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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