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 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will deploy a number of personnel to provide technical assistance to impacted parishes in the area of debris operations.
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
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.
October 18, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans aren't limited to just businesses. Loans to homeowners to help pay for repair or replacement of disaster losses, and to renters who need to replace their priceless belongings as a result of the incident, are equally encouraged to apply for a low-interest loan. In fact, most SBA loans go to individuals and families, and interest rates in a disaster recovery case may be less than 3 ½ percent.

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