Louisiana Hurricane Isaac (DR-4080)

Incident period: August 26, 2012 to September 10, 2012
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 29, 2012

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Video: One Parish, One Future: Building Back Better and Stronger

 

Video Documentary Highlights Long-Term Recovery Effort in St. John Parish

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Nearly a year after Hurricane Isaac’s floodwaters inundated St. John the Baptist Parish, the community’s long-term rebuilding initiative, “One Parish, One Future: Building Back Better and Stronger,” is making great strides.

This local effort, supported by state and federal partners under the National Disaster Recovery Framework, is the subject of a short documentary by one of the partners, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The 12-minute video, “One Parish, One Future, Building Back Better and Stronger,” documents the hurricane’s destruction and the enormous effort by parish leadership, its volunteer Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and hundreds of residents to develop a long-term recovery strategy and begin to realize its goals. The video is available online at www.fema.gov/disaster/4080.

“Out of disaster comes opportunity, so we have an opportunity to be better than we were before,” St. John Parish Recovery Manager Raymond Goodman says in the video. “This plan, this strategy is going to go a long way toward doing that.”

Hurricane Isaac struck Louisiana in late August 2012. A few months later the CAC launched the “Building Back Better and Stronger” initiative to help rally public support for and participation in the local effort. Over the following months, residents of all ages and walks of life contributed ideas for rebuilding — both in person at community events and through the parish’s online surveys.

The final recovery strategy outlines 50 projects in the areas of economics, housing, health and social services, infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources for the parish to pursue over the coming months and years. Several of the projects are already in the development phase and funding opportunities are being pursued.

The initiative was carried out under the National Disaster Recovery Framework, which outlines a method for all levels of government to work together to help disaster-affected communities build back stronger, smarter and safer. Key principles of the framework are local leadership and citizen empowerment.

“The video demonstrates the progress that’s possible when everyone works together toward common goals,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator Wayne Rickard of FEMA. “The framework provided the structure, but St. John’s leaders and citizens have taken charge of their recovery.” 

More information on Louisiana disaster recovery is available online at www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.gohsep.la.gov. FEMA is also on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion6 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA.

Individual Assistance

Twenty-six parishes are designated for Individual Assistance: Allen, Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Morehouse, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Although the registration period has ended for individuals and households who sustained losses during Hurricane Isaac, survivors with questions or concerns may still contact FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.  Those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services may call 1-800-621-3362.

Public Assistance

Fifty-five parishes are designated under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding. Eligible applicants may include state, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

The parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Catahoula, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Franklin, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Morehouse, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Union, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana for debris removal, emergency protective measures and infrastructure repairs (Categories A - G).

The parishes of Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Caldwell, Cameron, Claiborne, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Iberia, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, La Salle, Lincoln, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Tensas, West Baton Rouge and West Carroll for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A - B).

The parishes of Beauregard, Bossier and Caddo for emergency protective measures (Category B).

Federal funding is also available on a cost-share basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 16, 2013
News Release
DENTON, Texas – Nearly $1.3 million was recently awarded to the state of Louisiana by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for repairs to the interior of the East St. John High School Main Building in St. John Parish. Hurricane Isaac flooded the school with eight inches of water, damaging flooring, drywall and baseboards, as well as the electrical and alarm systems. The building’s air conditioning units were also damaged by the flooding, causing temperatures and humidity levels to rise inside the school, allowing for significant mold growth.
August 13, 2013
News Release
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Nearly a year after Hurricane Isaac’s floodwaters inundated St. John the Baptist Parish, the community’s long-term rebuilding initiative, “One Parish, One Future: Building Back Better and Stronger,” is making great strides.This local effort, supported by state and federal partners under the National Disaster Recovery Framework, is the subject of a short documentary by one of the partners, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
June 24, 2013
News Release
DENTON, Texas – More than a combined total of $11.2 million was recently awarded to the state of Louisiana by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for reimbursement of emergency protective measures undertaken during Hurricane Isaac, as well as to cover storm-related repairs to a pump station in Plaquemines Parish.  The projects include:
May 14, 2013
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisianians understand all too well the importance of building communities that can withstand what Mother Nature hurls at them. As communities throughout the state plan for their future needs, they have a new way to find recovery resources. The National Disaster Recovery Support team has developed a Community Recovery Resource Guide containing Louisiana-specific information to help parishes locate funding sources and other available resources for local projects and initiatives.
May 9, 2013
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana residents who have questions about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have a permanent helpline to call to get the most up-to-date information. The number is 1-800-427-4661 for people who need information about the NFIP or want to request loss histories on their properties. Policyholders with questions or concerns about their claims may also speak with NFIP specialists.
May 7, 2013
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. — The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will receive a nearly $2.2  million federal grant to reimburse its efforts to protect citizens during and after Hurricane Isaac, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Tuesday. The office will receive $2,198,261 to reimburse it for expenses associated with providing emergency patrols, responding to emergency calls, closing roads, conducting search and rescue, and staffing the 911 center and Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

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