Louisiana Hurricane Rita (DR-1607)

Incident period: September 23, 2005 to November 1, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 24, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 20, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Some older residents of Louisiana have expressed concerns that applying or receiving state and federal financial assistance may cause them to sacrifice Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) want elders affected by Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita to know that their concerns are unfounded. FEMA is offering answers to questions that a lot of older disaster victims are asking.
October 20, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The process to receive a manufactured home can seem uncertain and overwhelming. The residents of Louisiana should know the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Louisiana have a system to meet the needs of those displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The following information is intended to help the people of Louisiana develop a better understanding of the system.
October 19, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La . -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness remind Louisiana residents considering new construction and repairs on property located in flood-hazard areas to consult local building officials to obtain floodplain development permits.
October 18, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Wed., Oct. 19, in Concordia Parish.
October 18, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, LA. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with Louisiana officials, announced today that Individual Assistance for St. Tammany parish has been made available to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover from the effects of Hurricane Rita. The parish was previously designated for public assistance programs for emergency services and eligible debris removal.
October 18, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La . -- Numerous medical clinics and hospitals in Orleans , St. Bernard, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Rita have now reopened. Each facility has been assessed by the Department of Health and Human Services as able to support public health needs. The facilities are listed below.

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