Baton Rouge, LA -- The near miss by Tropical Storm Barry and June's Tropical Storm Allison, with its days of wind driven rain and rising floodwaters, are a wake up call. State and federal disaster recovery officials remind residents that hurricane season is here.
Now is a good time to review your plans for protecting family, pets, and property. Check your supplies, emergency contact numbers and evacuation routes. For detailed information on hurricane safety tips and how to prepare, some websites to visit are www.loep.state.la.us, www.fema.gov, and http://emergency.tulane.edu. You may also call your parish emergency management office or the American Red Cross chapter nearest you.
This is a good time to review your flood insurance policy. If you don't have flood insurance, contact your regular insurance agent for information. Policies are available for homeowners, businesses and renters. There is a 30-day waiting period for new policies to take effect.. Even if you have been flooded before, as long as your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), you can obtain flood insurance.
Residents of Louisiana who suffered damage from Tropical Storm Allison should apply for assistance immediately by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-462-9029, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week. Those with a speech or hearing impairment may call a special TTY number at 1-800-462-7585. The last day to register for federal disaster assistance is Friday, August 10, 2001.
For more information on NFIP contact your local insurance agent or call 1-888-850-8251, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.
More information is available on FEMA's "For the Media" web site: www.fema.gov/about/media.shtm, and Fax-on-Demand at (202) 646-FEMA. Radio actualities are available from the FEMA Radio Network (1-800-323-5248).