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 1, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. — All State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open in Louisiana will change their hours of operation effective Monday, Nov. 5.The new hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. All centers are closed Sundays. The recovery centers are located in:
November 1, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. – With more than $113 million in Individual Assistance already in the hands of Louisiana’s Hurricane Isaac survivors, federal officials have some advice: Resist the urge to splurge."After a period of deprivation and stress, it's natural for storm survivors to want to indulge in a few luxuries,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “But state and federal disaster assistance is meant to help people pay for necessities, to help them get back on their feet.”
October 30, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. – Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are reaching out to Louisiana Hurricane Isaac survivors who have specific questions about their flood insurance claims or about new regulations that may affect how they rebuild.
October 30, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. — Time is running out for Hurricane Isaac survivors in St. Charles Parish to visit the State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located in Luling. The center closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. 
October 29, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. — Time is running out for Hurricane Isaac survivors in Orleans Parish to visit the State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located on Canal Boulevard in New Orleans. The center closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Although the center will close, Hurricane Isaac survivors can visit either of the other two recovery centers located at the Algiers Regional Branch and the East NOLA Branch Library.
October 29, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. – For scores of Louisiana communities battered by Hurricane Isaac, clearing out piles of debris has been one of the most difficult and time-consuming challenges. Through hard work and persistence over the past two months, debris piles are dwindling and, in many cases, disappearing altogether.

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