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2017-04-25 18:41 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — FEMA disaster assistance for Louisiana tornado survivors in Livingston and Orleans parishes currently tops $2.7 million.

2017-04-05 15:37 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana survivors of February’s tornadoes have one week left to register with FEMA for disaster recovery assistance.The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.Survivors may register with FEMA by going online with any computer, smartphone or tablet to, calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (10a.m. - 7 p.m.), or downloading the FEMA mobile app. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register.

2017-04-03 14:28 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Orleans Parish will close in two weeks, Friday, April 14. The DRC address and operating hours are:East New Orleans Public Library  Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.5641 Read Blvd.    Saturday, April 8: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.New Orleans, LA 70127   Closed on Sundays.

2017-04-03 14:20 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tornado survivors in Livingston and Orleans parishes have two weeks to register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

2017-03-06 18:32 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you have property affected by the February tornadoes in Louisiana, your first step to repair or rebuild should be to check with your local building official. That’s the person who can work with you or your contractor to ensure building permits are properly filed and necessary inspections are carried out.Local ordinances may require permits for repairs to roofs, walls, siding, wallboard, plaster, insulation, paneling, cabinets, flooring, electrical systems, plumbing, septic systems and heating and air  conditioning systems.

2017-03-06 16:44 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — Survivors of the February tornadoes that struck Livingston and Orleans parishes can receive free disaster crisis counseling. Following traumatic events such as tornadoes and floods, Louisiana Spirit crisis counselors provide an ear for listening, a shoulder to lean on and guidance for establishing normalcy.

2017-03-03 16:04 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — More than $1.78 million in federal assistance has been approved by FEMA to help survivors of the February tornadoes recover from the devastation. While assistance is tax-free and grants don’t have to be repaid, FEMA urges you to use the funds quickly, wisely and only for disaster-related expenses.When a grant is awarded, FEMA will send you a letter listing approved uses including:

2017-02-24 16:08 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana renters who experienced losses due to the February tornadoes that damaged Livingston and Orleans parishes may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from FEMA and the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).Renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to help with such disaster-related expenses as:

2017-02-23 16:45 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — The primary source of money for rebuilding after a disaster is low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA loans can help survivors in Livingston and Orleans parishes recover from the Feb. 7 tornadoes that devastated their communities.The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans of up to $200,000 for the repair of a primary residence; up to $40,000 for homeowners and renters to replace personal property; and up to $2 million for businesses and most private nonprofits for physical damage and economic injury.

2017-02-22 23:13 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you’re a Livingston or Orleans parish resident recovering from the recent tornado disaster but you don’t have flood insurance, don’t worry. You may be eligible for FEMA or SBA assistance.The disaster declaration on Feb. 11 for Livingston and Orleans parishes was a wind-related event. Damage is considered to be the direct impact of wind from tornadoes. FEMA may have required some survivors who previously received federal disaster help to maintain a flood insurance policy. Those who didn’t maintain a policy may still be eligible for FEMA help.