Louisiana Tropical Storm Isidore (DR-1435)

Incident period: September 21, 2002 to October 1, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 27, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 22, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- The deadline for registering for disaster unemployment by those whose jobs were lost or interrupted by Tropical Storm Isidore is Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002. Self-employed and unemployed workers not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may apply for this federally funded assistance, but the deadline for doing so is just days away. Applicants should take their social security numbers with them when visiting the nearest state or parish unemployment registration office.
October 22, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- Direct financial help totaling $20,905,278 has been distributed by the state in the form of checks to individuals and families for serious needs and uninsured property losses suffered in Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili. Another $10 million has been approved for distribution to other applicants, said State Coordinating Officer Art Jones. Checks come from the state's Individual and Family Grant (IFG) program.
October 21, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- An army of volunteer agencies and church groups from throughout Louisiana and much of the nation has been assembled to take help directly to persons suffering from the dual attacks of Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili. They have offered-and continue to offer-shelter, food and personal items. Some are even doing tree removal and clean up tasks for the elderly and others. A variety of vital assistance is being provided.
October 19, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- In the turmoil that accompanies the shock and loss of a disaster, misleading rumors, half-truths and misunderstandings about available assistance may cause some storm-struck residents to disqualify themselves from much-needed help. Recovery officials voiced concern that unreliable word-of-mouth in distressed neighborhoods and communities may deprive eligible individuals and households of vital aid from the State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
October 18, 2002
News Release
Recovery Update For Oct. 18, 2002 Baton Rouge, LA -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP) officials continue response and recovery efforts for those affected by Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili. This is the final daily update before going to weekly summaries on Fridays. As of noon Friday, Oct.18, efforts include:
October 18, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- Eight more Louisiana parishes have been declared eligible for federal and state disaster assistance by Director Joe M. Allbaugh of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That raises the total to 36. Aid could be in the form of low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) or by direct funding from FEMA, Allbaugh said.

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