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

November 9, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. — To continue serving Louisianians affected by Hurricane Isaac, the State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Algiers is transitioning Wednesday, Nov. 14 to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC).SBA representatives at the DLOC will answer questions, explain the application process and help survivors apply for low-interest disaster loans. FEMA Individual Assistance specialists will also be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.
November 9, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. – A new $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will help St. John Parish cover its costs for emergency efforts for protecting citizens during Hurricane Isaac in late August, FEMA has announced.Responding to the hurricane, the parish ordered evacuations and rerouted traffic away from storm-affected areas, conducted search-and-rescue operations and secured improved properties, among other protective efforts.
November 7, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. — The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Louisiana will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.The centers will resume operations on Tuesday, Nov. 13. For a list of recovery centers in Louisiana and their operating hours go to www.fema.gov/disaster/4080.
November 7, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. — Time is running out for Hurricane Isaac survivors in Jefferson Parish to visit the State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Marrero. The center closes permanently at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.10.Although the center will close, Hurricane Isaac survivors can visit the other two Jefferson Parish recovery centers located in Lafitte and Metairie.
November 7, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. — The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open in Port Sulphur and Braithwaite will change their hours of operation effective Monday, Nov. 5.The updated hours for these two centers will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, closed Sundays.The recovery centers are located in:            Port Sulphur:  28028 Hwy. 23  Port Sulphur, LA 70083
November 7, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. – With more than $218 million in state and federal recovery dollars in the hands of Louisiana’s Hurricane Isaac survivors, fake building contractors and other con artists are angling to get their hands on some of it, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warns.Scam artists and other criminals often attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors once they have some money in hand to repair their storm-damaged homes. Authorities in Louisiana have already received isolated reports of unscrupulous people doing just that.  

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