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Louisiana Hurricane Isaac (DR-4080)

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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

“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 or FEMA is also on Twitter at and on Facebook at

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 or via web-enabled phone at 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.

Geographic Information

Map of declared counties for [Louisiana Hurricane Isaac (DR-4080)]

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 45,313 $141,767,209.04 $118,792,045.69 $22,975,163.35
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 02:02 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $322,356,981.31 $238,448,669.00 $73,866,137.31
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 06:33 (Updated daily)

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