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 for survivors in Plaquemines Parish now tops $2.7 million.
PLAQUEMINES PARISH BY THE NUMBERS
Number of survivors who registered for assistance with FEMA: 5,558
Amount of Housing Assistance approved: $2,562,000
Amount of Other Needs Assistance approved: $172,803
TOTAL Amount of Individual Assistance: $2,734,803
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 Plaquemines. The declaration made Public Assistance (PA) funds available for reimbursement of debris removal and emergency protective measures (Category A & B), including direct federal assistance. 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 Plaquemines, 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. 1 – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened in Plaquemines Parish at Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 Hwy. 23 in Belle Chasse. Current hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. To date, 2,067 people have visited the DRC. For a list of DRC locations, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4080.
Survivors in Plaquemines 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.