- $69 Million in Disaster Assistance;
- 56,820 Applicants Registered;
- $24 Million Approved for Disaster Housing;
- $24 Million in Individual and Family Grants Approved;
- $17 Million in SBA Loans
- $4.6 Million in Public Assistance
Baton Rouge, LA -- Following the wind-driven rain and floods generated by Tropical Storm Allison, President Bush declared a federal disaster in Louisiana on June 11. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP) have teams in the field inspecting damages and many disaster assistance programs are active. The disaster declaration now covers 27 parishes.
More than 56,000 people have registered for disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free number: 1-800-462-9029. For those who are speech- or hearing-impaired, the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Recovery specialists take calls at the toll-free registration number from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., CDT, seven days a week until further notice. Anyone who suffered damages from Tropical Storm Allison is encouraged to register.
Residents have one week left to register for federal and state disaster assistance. The deadline is Friday, August 10, 2001, at the close of business.
More than $24 million has been disbursed under the Disaster Housing program to help 23,103 individuals make emergency repairs to their homes or to find adequate temporary living space.
The State of Louisiana has approved nearly $24.3 million in grants for 17,995 households under the Individual and Family Grants Program to help meet disaster-related serious needs and necessary expenses not covered by other programs. These grants may be used to cover disaster related essential home repairs, replacement of essential personal property, medical, dental or funeral expenses or transportation. The program is administered by the state and funded at 75 percent by FEMA and 25 percent by the state.
More than 2,800 people have sought help and disaster recovery information from six Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC). One of these remains open as U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) workshop and five have closed.
Applicants with questions about the status of their case can call the Helpline at 1-800-525-0321. The FEMA Helpline has received 57,088 calls from residents requesting information or an update on their application status.
There are 115 inspectors in the field examining wind-driven rain and flood-damaged property of those who have registered for disaster assistance. More than 41,000 housing inspections have already been completed.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is still available in East Feliciana, St. Helena and West Baton Rouge parishes through Louisiana Department of Labor Job Center Offices. This program provides unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers, such as farmers, farm workers, migrant farm workers and other self-employed individuals, who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not normally qualify for state benefits.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) personnel continue to review loan applications. If applications are not completed and returned it could delay further assistance. The SBA offers low interest loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses that have suffered uninsured or underinsured losses in the disaster. SBA has received 19,529 loan applications and more than $17 million in loans has been approved. August 10 is the deadline for SBA loan applications.
Anyone who has not yet registered should do so before the August 10 deadline by calling the FEMA toll-free registration line at 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). Disaster assistance specialists are available to take...