News Alert: Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding Update - August 21, 2016
Posted: 8/21/2016 9:33:34 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center


Good Evening,


Beginning on August 11, severe storms over southern Louisiana caused historic flooding that affected tens of thousands of people and disrupted businesses, schools, and the whole community. On August 14, President Barack Obama issued a major disaster declaration that now includes 20 parishes; as of the close of business on August 20, more than $55 million in federal support has been approved for the State of Louisiana within the first week of the declaration. FEMA has also provided the state with more than 650,000 liters of water, 812,000 meals, 20,000 cots and 42,000 blankets for distribution to survivors. Two Disaster Recovery Centers opened on Sunday, August 21, in St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes.


Flood survivors, including businesses, are demonstrating incredible resilience and community spirit as they return and begin cleaning up. FEMA and our federal partners are doing all we can to support them and the State of Louisiana in responding to and recovering from this major disaster.  As of close of business on August 20, nearly 107,000 individuals have registered for FEMA assistance and more than 25,000 people have submitted flood insurance claims. Both of these numbers will rise. We are expediting individual assistance and flood insurance payments, and are deeply engaged with the State-led Housing Task Force to develop solutions that will transition survivors from congregated shelters into temporary housing as soon as possible.  


FEMA is supporting the State’s priorities of reducing shelter populations, identifying housing solutions, performing secondary searches of inundated areas, and re-opening schools. This takes the whole community.  Concerted and coordinated efforts of federal, state and local governments, non-profit organizations and the private sector are making a difference in saving lives, expediting assistance under respective authorities, and helping communities with their short and long term recovery needs.


Both the National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) and Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LABEOC) activated last week and are coordinating with the private sector to identify challenges to operations, solve problems, and understand priorities to improve response and recovery efforts for survivors. A majority of national level companies and many small businesses were able to resume normal operations this past week, enabling a sense of normalcy across the area and augmenting federal, state, and donated supplies needed for individual recovery. Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administration has opened two Business Recovery Centers in Louisiana, with four more scheduled to open on Monday, August 22, to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe storms and flooding that began last week.


You can read more about our overall efforts in this press release and find further important information on FEMA’s disaster page for this event.


There are also a number of resources available for businesses both inside and outside the area related to this event:  


Get Help:

o   Individuals and businesses can apply for assistance directly at


Stay Informed:

o   Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP): The LABEOC has launched the “Open For Business Map” – an online open/closed status reporting system for business within 25 miles radius of POD locations. The map and other state information on the disaster can be found at:

o   Join the National Business Emergency Operations Center for this and other disasters. The center connects businesses for information sharing and operational coordination during disasters as well as businesses seeking to assist in response and recovery. A variety of resources are available for members in a trusted environment. If you are not a member, contact:

o   The Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) has been activated for Louisiana. A list of enrolled pharmacies, searchable by zip code, can be found at:


Get Involved:

o   For information on volunteering and donating, please check Companies interested in donating goods should contact, in order to coordinate with the Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). 

o   The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is holding a webinar entitled “Louisiana Floods: How Can Funders Help?” on Monday, August 22, at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT. Find more information at:

o   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has activated their Corporate Aid Tracker:


Tell Your Story:

o   Follow us and share your response and recovery efforts – we will retweet appropriately.

§  FEMA Region VI Twitter: @femaregion6

§  FEMA Twitter (English): @FEMA

§  FEMA Twitter (Spanish): @FEMAespanol

§  Administrator Fugate Twitter: @CraigatFEMA

§  FEMA Facebook:

o   And follow our Louisiana state partners for additional local information.

§  Louisiana GOHSEP Twitter: @GOHSEP

§  Louisiana GOHSEP Facebook: 

§  Louisiana BEOC Twitter: @LABEOC

§  Louisiana BEOC Facebook:

§  Volunteer Louisiana Twitter: @volunteer_la

§  Volunteer Louisiana Facebook:

o   Share this information with people you know. Retweet. Share on Facebook. Get the information out so people can get the help they need.


Be Prepared:

o   Hurricane season is not over – take the following steps to ensure that you, your family, and your employees stay safe.

o   Visit to find out what actions to take before, during, and after a hurricane.

o   Go to and enter your address to get your flood risk profile and ensure that you have the right coverage.

o   Check out NOAA’s historical hurricane tracks tool for the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in your area.

o   Download the FEMA App to access disaster resources, weather alerts, safety tips, and push notifications.


Our thoughts continue to be with Louisiana and its affected citizens and communities. We will be with them through each step of the response and recovery process. Today is typically a day of rest. Thousands of federal, state, and local responders are working with partners across the whole community today, as neighbors both next door and across the country, to help their neighbors in Louisiana recover from this event.

Once again, thank you for your continued partnership in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disaster.


- Rob


Robert C. Glenn
Director, Private Sector Division 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 
U.S. Department of Homeland Security


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