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 8, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Immediately after a disaster, keeping in touch with family is most important. But during the Hurricane Isaac recovery process, survivors who have registered for disaster assistance also need to keep in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “We understand survivors are going from damaged homes to shelters to hotels and rentals,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall of FEMA. “But our help can reach them only if we know how to contact them.”
September 7, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Hurricane Isaac survivors in Iberville and St. Mary parishes may now register for state and federal disaster assistance. The two were added Friday to the major disaster declaration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said. “We’ve acted swiftly to approve almost $23 million for survivors who are working to recover from the hurricane,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall. “Our specialists are standing by to begin getting assistance to the eligible folks in Iberville and St. Mary as soon as they register.”
September 7, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. – Recovery specialists are offering some sound advice for Louisianians whose homes and property were hit by Hurricane Isaac: Protect your family’s health and your own by treating or discarding mold- and mildew-infected items. Health experts urge those who find mold to act fast. Cleaning mold quickly and properly is essential for a healthy home, especially for people who suffer from allergies and asthma, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
September 7, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. --  Additional State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) opened Friday in Ascension and Livingston parishes to assist homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their home or personal property as a result of Hurricane Isaac. Specialists from the state of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. The new DRCs are located at:
September 7, 2012
News Release
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — the agency that administers the National Flood Insurance Program — has opened a Hurricane Isaac Flood Insurance Call Center for use by Louisianians who sustained flood damage as a result of Hurricane Isaac.
September 6, 2012
News Release
Baton Rouge, La. – As Louisianians begin to return home following Hurricane Isaac, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds residents that the dangers have not ended just because the worst of the storm is over. Dangling power lines, flooding and other hazards remain – and survivors should know what to do to safeguard themselves and their families. 

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