NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Louisiana residents who suffered losses from the Feb. 12 and 13 severe storms and tornadoes and continue to have unmet needs may seek help through a number of volunteer groups coordinated by a long-term recovery committee.
“We would like to encourage Louisiana residents to take advantage of our “211 Program” when looking for additional assistance,” said Neal Fudge, deputy state coordinating officer for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). “It is a valuable resource uniting those who want to help with those who most need assistance.”
Residents may dial 2-1-1 on their phones to obtain information on local volunteer agencies working in their parish. The “211” operators have phone numbers, program and services information, locations, hours of operation and other relevant resources. Those who call 211 may be referred to resources including housing assistance, counseling services, employment opportunities and health services.
“The volunteer groups are vital elements in all state and federal recovery efforts as they focus on helping families develop effective recovery plans,” said Lee Champagne, federal coordinating officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
All victims of the recent storms and tornadoes should register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Louisiana residents may also register online at www.fema.gov.
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.