As former residents continue to return to their pre-Katrina communities, state and local governments must ensure their safety through the normal operations of key public facilities. Many parishes within the Greater New Orleans area have made great strides in repairing or rebuilding their police and fire departments, as well as many judicial and correctional facilities.
Recovery work on 254 public safety facilities is now complete, and buildings are in use throughout Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. Additionally, 39 more facilities are under construction, and others are in design and planning stages. Approximately $842.2 million in FEMA public assistance grants supported this significant recovery work focused on safeguarding Louisianians.
Within St. Bernard Parish, this past year brought many accomplishments such as the openings of Fire Stations No. 5 and No. 6. Jefferson Parish used $2.8 million in FEMA aid to rebuild a mitigated Grand Isle main fire station, which stands 16 feet higher than before.
Meanwhile, Plaquemines Parish’s communications towers—essential for emergency services that rely on parishwide radio transmissions—are restored and operating again with nearly $2.2 million in FEMA assistance.
In New Orleans, the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office is rebuilding a comprehensive prison facility by consolidating the Katrina-damaged Templeman 3 and 4 inmate housing buildings and in-take processing center. To support OPCSO’s recovery efforts, FEMA has provided $223 million in funding for work necessary to restore their various facilities.
Katrina and Rita Recovery
$842.4 million in FEMA grants for police and fire departments and judicial and correctional facilities statewide
- $233.4 million for 159 police departments
- $99.7 million for 249 fire departments
- $39.2 million for 43 judicial/court facilities
- $470.1 million for 168 correctional/jail facilities
Approximately 215 fire stations throughout Louisiana currently rebuilt or under construction