BATON ROUGE, La. – Nearly two weeks since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $61 million in disaster assistance for Louisiana. Disaster assistance in Jefferson Parish now tops $9.4 million. That total includes $9.1 million for individuals and families in Jefferson Parish and $273,000 in Public Assistance funds to help communities recover.
JEFFERSON PARISH BY THE NUMBERS
Number of survivors who registered for assistance with FEMA: 53,943
Amount of Housing Assistance approved: $7,086,490
Amount of Other Needs Assistance approved: $2,077,308
TOTAL Amount of Individual Assistance: $9,163,798
Aug. 27 – President Obama issued an Emergency Declaration in Louisiana, in advance of Hurricane Isaac, for emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program.
Aug. 29 – President Obama issued a Federal Disaster Declaration for 35 parishes in Louisiana, including Jefferson. The declaration made Public Assistance (PA) funds available for reimbursement of debris removal and emergency protective measures (Category A & B), including direct federal assistance. With subsequent amendments, PA is now available in 55 parishes, which includes 52 parishes for Category A & B and three parishes for Category B only.
Aug. 29 – The federal disaster declaration also made all parishes in the state eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Aug. 31 – An amendment designated five parishes in Louisiana, including Jefferson, eligible for Individual Assistance (IA). With subsequent amendments, IA is now available in 18 parishes: Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington.
Sept. 4 – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened in Jefferson Parish at 2654 Jean Lafitte Blvd. in Lafitte. Current hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Nearly 300 people have visited the DRC.
Sept. 5 – Another DRC opened in Jefferson Parish at the Grand Isle Multiplex, 3101 La. Hwy. 1 in Grand Isle. To date, 112 people have visited the Grand Isle center. For a list of DRC locations, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4080.
Sept. 10 – FEMA obligated $273,000 to the state to reimburse the Lafitte Area Independent Levee District for the cost of emergency protective measures taken as a result of Hurricane Isaac.
Survivors in Jefferson Parish affected by Hurricane Isaac can apply for disaster assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or m.fema.gov with a smartphone. They can also apply by phone by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Survivors who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362.
Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and emergency home repairs to make a home habitable. Survivors could also be eligible for grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
For more information on Louisiana disaster recovery, click www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.gohsep.la.gov. You can follow FEMA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA. Also visit our blog at www.fema.gov/blog.