NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Two weeks after severe storms and tornadoes struck Jefferson, Orleans and St. Martin parishes, the federal government approved more than $2.4 million in disaster assistance funds, announced officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
$2 million The SBA approved more than $2 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners.
$260,000 FEMA approved more than $260,000 in housing assistance funds, which includes rental assistance and/or money for home repairs.
$62,000 More than $62,000 has been approved for Other Needs Assistance grants, which are for disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs, such as medical expenses, transportation costs and the repair or replacement of household appliances.
900 More than 900 households in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Martin parishes registered with FEMA for assistance.
650 In the past two weeks FEMA inspectors completed more than 650 home inspections.
250 More than 250 people visited the federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
Residents who were affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred Feb. 12 and 13 are urged to register for assistance with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired only, or by registering online at www.fema.gov.
SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or repairing disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.