New Mexico Hurricane Katrina Evacuation (EM-3229)

Incident period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005
Emergency Declaration declared on September 7, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 7, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark . -- Special mapping technology being used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected to expedite the distribution of disaster assistance for thousands of Louisiana residents whose homes were damaged during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
November 22, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- People who are unemployed because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have less than two weeks to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Officials urge those in need of disaster-related employment assistance to contact their state of residence department of labor before the Nov. 30 deadline. The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program extends income compensation to people who otherwise would be ineligible for unemployment compensation, such as farmers and self-employed individuals who are out of work as a result of the disasters.
November 21, 2005
News Release
By R. David Paulison In order to best help individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, I'd like to clarify several misconceptions about FEMA's efforts to assist victims presently located in hotels in Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. As of December 1, FEMA will discontinue its short term housing program; however, evacuees may still use other FEMA grants to stay in those hotels.
November 16, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Hurricane evacuees are reminded that they must complete and submit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan form included in the information packet they receive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after registering for assistance. Completing the SBA loan application is required for all applicants.
November 14, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging families to actively seek long-term housing. More than two months after the first of three catastrophic hurricanes hit the U.S. Gulf Coast region, hundreds of evacuees have made the choice they all face: selecting communities in which to reside as they rebuild their lives. A survey being conducted statewide by FEMA service teams suggests about 1,723 evacuees remain in hotels and motels.
November 2, 2005
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises using caution when applying for individual and housing assistance as fraudulent contractors and scam artists are common following disasters. It is not uncommon to be taken unaware by someone claiming to be an official disaster aid worker, reputable contractor or a volunteer wanting to help complete disaster aid applications. Those who suffered losses resulting from the hurricanes need to be aware of some common ploys, such as phone calls from people claiming to be with FEMA.

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