BATON ROUGE, La. – The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office will receive a nearly $1.4 million federal grant to reimburse the parish for its efforts to protect citizens during and after Hurricane Isaac, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Thursday.
The office will receive $1,387,500 to reimburse its expenses associated with supporting evacuation operations and search and rescue, setting up road closures, securing property, assisting in shelter operations, supplying emergency equipment to damaged facilities, assisting in sand bagging and transporting supplies by water.
“The men and women of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office were on the front lines to make sure residents stayed safe during this devastating hurricane,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar of FEMA. “Their work before, during and after the storm helped save lives and prevent even more property damage.”
The newly awarded funds are a portion of the nearly $223 million in total Public Assistance recovery dollars approved for the state since the Aug. 29, 2012, disaster declaration.
Once FEMA reimburses the state of Louisiana, it is the state’s responsibility to manage the funds, which includes making disbursements to local jurisdictions and organizations that incurred costs.
More information on Louisiana disaster recovery is available online at www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.gohsep.la.gov. FEMA is also on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion6 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA.