FEMA Awards Nearly $1M to Port of South Louisiana

RESERVE, La. (press release) — The Port of South Louisiana was awarded $955,339 in port security grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funding will go toward the enhancement of the port’s cybersecurity framework and will support enhancements to its geographic information system. The GIS provides up-to-date spatial information … Continue reading FEMA Awards Nearly $1M to Port of South Louisiana

FEMA Updates Digital Preparedness Tools

Release Date: August 1, 2022 FEMA has two new ways to help people in Louisiana be better prepared for severe weather and hurricanes: 1) the redesigned FEMA app for smartphones and 2) the updated text-to-shelter service. Smartphone App FEMA recently released a redesigned smartphone app that gives users more personalized options. Downloading the app and … Continue reading FEMA Updates Digital Preparedness Tools

Roadmap to Federal Resources for Disaster Recovery

FEMA Advisory The Roadmap to Federal Resources for Disaster Recovery (Roadmap) provides information to help state, local, tribal, and territorial partners navigate some of the commonly identified post-disaster challenges, solutions, and federal financial resources. The Recovery Support Function Leadership Group (RSFLG) released the Roadmap, designed to help state, local, tribal, and territorial entities and other … Continue reading Roadmap to Federal Resources for Disaster Recovery

FEMA Urges Residents to Prepare for Peak 2022 Hurricane Season, Shares Critical Preparedness Tools

The agency also announced key resources to help people before, during and after disaster, including a new FEMA webpage for the public to protect themselves and their property from the nation’s No. 1 disaster – flooding. Heading into what is projected to be an above-average hurricane season, FEMA urges residents to prepare before the height … Continue reading FEMA Urges Residents to Prepare for Peak 2022 Hurricane Season, Shares Critical Preparedness Tools

FEMA Administrator Criswell Announces National Building Codes Initiative with White House

Release Date: June 1, 2022 WASHINGTON -- June 1 officially marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2022 outlook it will be another active season. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell stressed the importance of taking preparedness measures early while at the National Hurricane Center in Miami earlier … Continue reading FEMA Administrator Criswell Announces National Building Codes Initiative with White House

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

Preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for review in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Speaks at National Hurricane Conference

Release Date: April 13, 2022 WASHINGTON -- Today, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell delivered a speech on hurricane and disaster preparedness at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida. Below is the Administrator’s speech as prepared for delivery. Hello, again! It is great to be with you today. I would like to thank the conference committee for inviting … Continue reading FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Speaks at National Hurricane Conference

FEMA Updated Shelter Locator Texting Feature

Having the right information at the right time is often key to surviving a disaster. FEMA’s texting feature allows the public to access shelter information when they need it most. Users can text "shelter" and their ZIP code to 43362 to get a list of nearby shelter locations.  This effort is made possible through collaboration … Continue reading FEMA Updated Shelter Locator Texting Feature

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

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

Advisory: FEMA Updates Community Resilience Exercise Guide

FEMA Updates Community Resilience Exercise Guide

Hurricane Ida Survivors Must Apply with FEMA – Just Once – for Housing Eligibility

Hurricane Ida survivors who have applied with FEMA for disaster assistance may be considered for FEMA’s direct temporary housing. There is no need to apply more than once, and no additional application is required to be considered for housing. Once a survivor has applied, FEMA will call eligible applicants whose homes were destroyed or are … Continue reading Hurricane Ida Survivors Must Apply with FEMA – Just Once – for Housing Eligibility

FEMA: Disaster Assistance Still Available as Deadline Approaches

BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana continues to recover from Hurricane Ida, FEMA encourages survivors to apply for disaster assistance before it’s too late. The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 29. Many times, homeowners don’t apply because they believe the damage to their home is insufficient, but later discover hidden disaster-related damage. Survivors whose … Continue reading FEMA: Disaster Assistance Still Available as Deadline Approaches