Oklahoma Hurricane Katrina Evacuation (EM-3219)

Incident period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005
Emergency Declaration declared on September 5, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 12, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The City of Lake Charles and all but one community in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish have launched a permanent reentry plan for its citizens. Only the town of Vinton, La. remains on a “look and leave” status. Residents can call the City of Lake Charles information hotline at 337-491-1280 for more information. Temporary housing is available for those evacuees who return home to find that their home is not livable. Hospitals are operational for medical emergencies.
October 11, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- After evacuees register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA), they often have questions about their application, their eligibility, or the kinds of assistance available. Evacuees can find answers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online at www.fema.gov or by calling the helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Multilingual operators are available to assist applicants in a variety of languages. Individuals using special keyboard equipment can call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.
October 10, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Evacuees with insurance who were affected by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita should still register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Even insured individuals may be eligible for several types of disaster assistance. Although FEMA assistance cannot pay deductibles or duplicate what insurance already covers, it may supplement insurance coverage. For example, disaster assistance grants could help pay for:
October 5, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- People receiving disaster assistance as a result of losses from Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita must use the money according to instructions provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The initial $2,000 in expedited assistance was granted to hurricane victims for housing or other essential disaster-related needs. Any other FEMA assistance will be granted for a specific purpose, such as home repair or rental assistance.
October 4, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- More Rita evacuees are eligible for aid after three more parishes were designated for individual assistance according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Individual assistance for Evangeline, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes has been made available to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover from the effects of Hurricane Rita.
October 4, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Evacuees who were displaced from their homes can search for available rental housing online at www.dhronline.org. Disaster Housing Resources Online is an easily accessible website listing immediately available rental properties. Evacuees can search by location, price range and housing description including number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

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