DHS Announces Funding Allocations for FY22 Preparedness Grants

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas is announcing final allocations for $550 million for seven Fiscal Year 2022 competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the almost $1.5 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced earlier this year, total more than $2 billion in FY 2022 to help prepare our nation against man-made … Continue reading DHS Announces Funding Allocations for FY22 Preparedness Grants

and away we go…

The 2022 season is getting a head start, thanks to Agatha crossing over Mexico from the Pacific.  The National Hurricane Center's current 5-day outlook is below. While it appears that Louisiana is not in the crosshairs right now, we must remain vigilant.

LA-SAFE CYBERDIGEST 05.23.2022

MALWARE | SOCIAL ENGINEERING | RANSOMWARE Snake Keylogger Spreads Through Malicious PDFs-ThreatPost-05.23.2022 While most malicious e-mail campaigns use Word documents to hide and spread malware, a recently discovered campaign uses a malicious PDF file and a 22-year-old Office bug to propagate the Snake Keylogger malware, researchers have found. Attackers target victims with emails that include … Continue reading LA-SAFE CYBERDIGEST 05.23.2022

New Week, New Weather threat

There is a new threat for serious weather later in the week.  Below is the graphic from the NWS.   Please stay safe.

National Weather Service Spring Flood Outlook

The LABEOC participated in the National Weather Service flood outlook briefing this week.  Below is the summary from the NWS...  

LABEOC will participate in FEMA Region 6 Private Sector Day | April 25

“How FEMA Partners with the Private Sector”. This will be a virtual event and will begin at 12:00 CST and continue till 4:30 CST.  We will host a number of panelists from our different program areas to discuss all of the opportunities there are to get more involved and partner with FEMA Region 6. We … Continue reading LABEOC will participate in FEMA Region 6 Private Sector Day | April 25

Increased Cyber Threat

With hostilities commencing between Russia and the Ukraine, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has increased the threat awareness level, activating the shields up program.  CISA recommends all organizations—regardless of size—adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets.  The comprehensive list of measures is available at:  https://www.cisa.gov/shields-up Some … Continue reading Increased Cyber Threat

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the FBI is asking partners to help us share information to #EndTrafficking.    The disturbing reality is that people are being bought, sold, and exploited every day. Victims are held against their will through force, fraud, or physical or psychological coercion. Together we can help prevent this trauma.  … Continue reading January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Business Assistance Needed

If your business can provide temporary or even permanent laundromat services in Terrebonne in two - possibly three locations, please contact us at info@labeoc.org.   Please note:  Business must be registered in Louisiana and certified to contract with the state of Louisiana.

Deadline Approaching in Louisiana for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to a Winter Storm including Ice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded Louisiana small nonfarm businesses in Allen, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides and Vernon parishes of the Jan. 10, 2022, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are … Continue reading Deadline Approaching in Louisiana for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to a Winter Storm including Ice

Spend FEMA Grants Only on Hurricane Recovery

This holiday season, as Louisiana homeowners and renters continue to receive disaster funds, FEMA wants to remind you that federal grant money may only be used for disaster-related expenses. Receiving Grant Money Once an application is complete, it only takes FEMA a few days to deposit the money into the bank account you provided. It … Continue reading Spend FEMA Grants Only on Hurricane Recovery

Deadline to Apply for FEMA Assistance Today, But FEMA Remains in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. – While the Nov. 29 deadline to submit an application for Hurricane Ida assistance is today, FEMA will remain in Louisiana to assist survivors. If you applied for the assistance you can continue to upload documents and update information to your file. FEMA urges survivors to stay informed, reach out, and keep … Continue reading Deadline to Apply for FEMA Assistance Today, But FEMA Remains in Louisiana

FEMA Helpline Will be Closed on Thanksgiving

BATON ROUGE, La. – The FEMA Helpline for disaster survivors will be unavailable Thursday, Nov. 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. The Helpline will resume normal operating hours on Friday, Nov 26., from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. CST, seven days a week. Hurricane Ida survivors can still register for assistance on Thanksgiving Day, and every … Continue reading FEMA Helpline Will be Closed on Thanksgiving

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! NOVEMBER 27, 2021

Kick off the Holiday shopping season and #ShopSmall on November 27th! Small businesses in Louisiana are vital to communities so it is important to #SupportSmallBiz all year. Learn more: sba.gov/saturday           ***SHOP SMALL*** Shop at local independent businesses this Saturday and throughout the holidays to show support to our Louisiana's small businesses … Continue reading SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! NOVEMBER 27, 2021

FEMA Teams up with SBA at Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the New Orleans Public Library Main Branch

FEMA Teams up with SBA at Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the New Orleans Public Library Main Branch

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to Close for Thanksgiving Weekend

BATON ROUGE, La. – All FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Louisiana will close for the entire Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 28. All centers will reopen at their regular hours Monday, Nov. 29. Monday, Nov. 29 is also the last day for Hurricane Ida survivors to apply with FEMA. If possible, survivors … Continue reading FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to Close for Thanksgiving Weekend

Disaster Recovery Centers to be Closed on Sundays

BATON ROUGE, La. – Beginning Nov. 21, all FEMA disaster recovery centers in Louisiana will be closed Sundays. At disaster recovery centers, residents affected by Hurricane Ida can get help with FEMA applications, upload documents and have their questions about federal disaster assistance answered. All DRCs follow COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required for all visitors, … Continue reading Disaster Recovery Centers to be Closed on Sundays

What’s Holding up Your Disaster Assistance? Call the FEMA Helpline and Find Out

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you applied with FEMA and have questions about your recovery process, immediate help is available. Simply call FEMA’s Disaster Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) to find out the status of your application, what additional assistance may be available or to have other questions answered. Multilingual operators are available to take … Continue reading What’s Holding up Your Disaster Assistance? Call the FEMA Helpline and Find Out

When your Local Building Department Says You Need to Rebuild to Higher Standards, FEMA Flood Insurance May Help

If Hurricane Ida hit your home hard, the damage may have been so great that you will not be allowed to simply repair the structure. When you make your claim, your flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will pay your building and/or contents portion of the claim per your policy. In addition, … Continue reading When your Local Building Department Says You Need to Rebuild to Higher Standards, FEMA Flood Insurance May Help

Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Hurricane Ida Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. – Survivors of Hurricane Ida still have two weeks left to apply for individual assistance from FEMA. The final deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 29. FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by Hurricane Ida can cover rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not … Continue reading Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Hurricane Ida Assistance