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2017-02-21 22:17 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — When you call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for disaster assistance, you’ll be asked to press “1” for English or “2” for Spanish. But if you speak something else, stay on the line and a registration assistant will try to find a translator in your language to help with your call. FEMA is able to provide translators in a wide range of languages to ease the way for disaster survivors who want to register for disaster assistance. Phone lines are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.

2017-02-20 21:34 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you disagree with the determination letter you received from FEMA, a quick fix may be all that’s needed to change the decision.Everybody has a right to appeal. You should read the determination letter carefully to understand FEMA’s decision and know exactly what is needed to appeal.Many times applicants just need to submit some extra documents for FEMA to process their application. FEMA can reconsider your application in some cases if you:

2017-02-20 09:03 - News Release

FEMA Is Not the Only Option for SurvivorsBATON ROUGE, La. — Tornado survivors in Livingston and Orleans parishes have several options in addition to FEMA to aid in recovery efforts. Help is offered through charities, nonprofits, volunteer-based services and the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans (SBA).

2017-02-17 16:17 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — State and federal emergency management officials encourage survivors of the Feb. 7 tornadoes to begin repairs as soon as they can.Storm survivors do not need to wait for a visit from FEMA or their insurance company to clean up and make repairs. FEMA inspectors and insurance claims adjusters will be able to verify damage.It’s important for survivors to take photographs of damage and keep recovery-related receipts. Insurance companies may need both items, while FEMA may need receipts.

2017-02-16 13:01 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — A mobile disaster recovery center will open Thursday, Feb. 16, in Livingston Parish for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the Feb. 7 tornadoes.Specialists from the state of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about assistance available to survivors.The disaster recovery center’s location and hours of operation are:

2017-02-16 12:54 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you lost work as a result of the tornadoes that struck Livingston and Orleans parishes on Feb. 7, you have until March 15, to apply for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA).DUA may be available if the disaster affected your employment — even if you’re self-employed, a farmer or a farm worker — and you fall under one of the following categories:

2017-02-15 14:21 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — Disasters such as the recent tornados commonly result in the loss of important documents. Tornado survivors in Orleans and Livingston parishes can use the list of websites and telephone numbers to begin the replacement process:SNAP Cards:(Food Stamps): Phone: 888-524-3578Website: Security Cards:Phone: 800-772-1213Website:

2017-02-15 00:27 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — Local, state and federal officials urge survivors of the Feb. 7 Louisiana tornadoes to watch for and immediately report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.Identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors while government agencies and charitable groups begin to provide disaster assistance. The most common post-disaster fraud practices include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid.

2017-02-13 21:30 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you sustained property damage as a result of the Feb. 7 tornadoes and severe storms, register with FEMA. You may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance to help you recover.The presidential disaster declaration of Feb. 11 makes federal Individual Assistance available to eligible families and individuals in Livingston and Orleans parishes.

2017-02-12 22:34 - News Release

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center is opening Monday, Feb. 13, in Orleans Parish to assist Louisiana tornado survivors. The center will be open 1-6 p.m. Monday, then move to regular hours on Tuesday, Feb. 14, until further notice.Orleans ParishLocation:  East New Orleans Public Library5641 Read Blvd.New Orleans, LA 70127Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays