Education & Learning
Learning facilities are cornerstones of communities, offering people—regardless of age—environments to develop individually, as well as grow collectively. Such facilities are vital for flourishing communities.
In support of helping Louisiana rebuild her Katrina-damaged education sector, approximately $4 billion in FEMA public assistance funding has been provided to restore thousands of primary through higher education school buildings and other key educational facilities, such as libraries and museums, throughout the state.
In St. Bernard Parish, the Los Isleños Museum Complex preserves the culture and traditions of Canary Islanders who immigrated to Louisiana in the late 1700s. The museum grounds feature the nearly 200-year-old Ducros Library as well other structures moved to the site to recreate the feel of an early Isleños community. FEMA obligated nearly $2.2 million toward restoring this historical gem for future generations to enjoy.
Likewise, in Vernon Parish, the Museum of West Louisiana exhibits items illustrative of west central Louisiana’s culture and history. The museum serves another role in safeguarding past resources, for it is located in the 1916 KCS Railway Depot, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. To date, FEMA has funded nearly $250,000 to Vernon Parish to complete repair work after Hurricane Rita damaged the facility.
Meanwhile, Cameron Parish has been rebuilding libraries destroyed by Hurricane Rita. In March, the parish held a grand opening for the Johnson Bayou branch and in May broke ground on the Grand Chenier branch.
Katrina and Rita Recovery
$4 billion in FEMA grants for education and learning facilities statewide.
- $3.4 billion for 2,705 K-12 facilities
- $587.6 million for 961 Higher Educational facilities
- $42.6 million for 76 libraries
- $7.6 million for 35 museums
Approximately 3,254 educational buildings throughout Louisiana currently rebuilt or under construction