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 3, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. -- This is the third in a series of columns answering commonly asked disaster recovery questions. Additional "Ask FEMA" columns will be released weekly as the response and recovery effort continues. I called yesterday and completed a registration. When I called today, I was told my application is not in the system. Do I need to register again?
October 2, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. - The following is a summary of important information released in the one-week-period September 24-30, 2005, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the Louisiana Joint Field Office for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
October 1, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) announced today that three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are opening on Sunday, October 2, at 9 a.m. Twenty-seven centers are now open in Louisiana to service the needs of the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Twenty-six centers are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Plaquemines Parish is the only DRC operating from 8 a. m. to 6 p. m., due to a local curfew.
September 30, 2005
News Release
Baton Rouge, La. - Six more Louisiana parishes have been added to the list of parishes eligible for additional disaster assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Individual assistance for Ascension, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vernon and West Baton Rouge parishes has been made available to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover from the effects of Hurricane Rita. All six parishes were previously designated for public assistance programs for emergency services and eligible debris removal.
September 30, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the Urban Search and Rescue Operations for the State of Louisiana were completed today. The Search and Rescue Teams have been on duty continuously since Aug. 27, 2005, when three teams were initially deployed just before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Ultimately, the search and rescue operations grew to include more than 3,000 urban search and rescue personnel in 51 task forces, eight swift water teams, and 108 incident support team command staff.
September 30, 2005
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warns residents returning to their homes after the hurricanes that mold in their damaged houses can create a health problem.

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