BATON ROUGE, La. In addition to direct Federal assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has made 75 percent funding available to the state of Louisiana for necessary emergency protective measures for potential flooding under President Obama’s emergency disaster declaration issued on Friday, May 6, 2011.
Emergency protective measures limited to direct Federal assistance, were previously made available to the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Iberia, Iberville, La Salle, Madison, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Tensas, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
The amendment to the emergency declaration authorizes FEMA to provide cost share funding under the Public Assistance program to the same 22 parishes.
“With the Morganza Spillway opening yesterday, FEMA is in place, working closely with the state and local officials to provide the assistance necessary to Louisiana’s residents in anticipation of severe flooding,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard Stolar.
The declaration allows FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in areas of Louisiana affected by flooding. FEMA will provide the appropriate assistance and resources to the state to save lives and to protect property, public health and safety throughout these communities.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
Examples of eligible emergency protective measures are as follows:
- Warning devices (barricades, signs and announcements)
- Search and rescue
- Security forces (police and guards)
- Construction of temporary levees
- Provision of shelters or emergency care
- Bracing/shoring damaged structures
- Provision of food, water, ice and other essential needs
- Emergency demolitions
- Removal of health and safety hazards
While an emergency declaration is a pre-incident declaration, allowing initial emergency protective measures to be funded by FEMA, a disaster declaration, if issued, follows a disaster and activates a broader array of federal programs to assist related response and recovery efforts. Not all programs, however, are activated for every disaster declaration. The determination of which programs are activated, such as FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, is based on the needs found during disaster damage assessments.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.