https://www.fema.gov/ en Disaster Recovery Center in Golden Meadow to Close Permanently Today, Nov. 24 https://www.fema.gov/node/629189 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Recovery Center in Golden Meadow to Close Permanently Today, Nov. 24</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>The Disaster Recovery Center located at the Geaux Pass Service Center in Golden Meadow will close at 5 p.m., today, Nov. 24 and will relocate to aid additional survivors in other locations affected by Hurricane Ida.</p> <p>Residents of all parishes affected by Hurricane Ida can continue to visit a number of other centers open in Louisiana. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit <a href="http://www.FEMA.gov/DRC">www.FEMA.gov/DRC</a>. <strong>All centers follow COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required for employees, volunteers and survivors.</strong> </p> <p>Survivors can meet face to face with FEMA specialists at the following center until it closes permanently today at 5 p.m.</p> <h3><strong>DRC Closing Nov. 24</strong></h3> <h4><strong>Geaux Pass Service Center</strong></h4> <p>1821 S. Alex Plaisance Blvd.</p> <p>Golden Meadow, LA 70057</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>kiarash.ghiam</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/24/2021 - 18:00</span> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 18:00:47 +0000 kiarash.ghiam 629189 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to Close for Thanksgiving Weekend https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211123/fema-disaster-recovery-centers-close-thanksgiving-weekend <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to Close for Thanksgiving Weekend</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. </strong>– All<strong> </strong>FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Louisiana will close for the entire Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 28. All centers will reopen at their regular hours Monday, Nov. 29.</p> <p>Monday, Nov. 29 is also the last day for Hurricane Ida survivors to apply with FEMA. If possible, survivors should visit a recovery center before the holiday to apply or to follow-up on applications and request other services.</p> <p>Individuals whose primary residence is in one of the 25 parishes designated for FEMA individual assistance may visit any disaster center to apply for assistance or obtain other help. Anyone needing a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.</p> <p>To find a recovery center near you check the FEMA app or visit <a href="http://www.FEMA.gov/DRC">www.FEMA.gov/DRC</a>. <strong>All centers follow COVID-19 precautions.</strong> <strong>Masks are required for all visitors, employees and volunteers.</strong> </p> <p>Individuals may also apply for federal assistance online at <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 or on the FEMA app: select Disaster Resources and click on Apply for Assistance Online.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>kiarash.ghiam</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/23/2021 - 22:07</span> Tue, 23 Nov 2021 22:07:34 +0000 kiarash.ghiam 629140 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Teams up with SBA at Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the New Orleans Public Library Main Branch https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211123/fema-teams-sba-disaster-loan-outreach-center-new-orleans-public-library-main <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Teams up with SBA at Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the New Orleans Public Library Main Branch</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>Although the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library has closed, FEMA specialists will be available at this location to help survivors. The former DRC is now a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center. </a></p> <p>SBA specialists will help business owners and individuals<strong> </strong>apply for low-interest disaster loans and close approved disaster loans. SBA provides federal low-interest disaster loans up to $200,000 to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.</p> <p>FEMA specialists will still help survivors check the status of their FEMA applications and scan and upload documents, as well as answer questions and provide information on additional recovery resources and on how to rebuild safer and stronger.</p> <p>The Disaster Loan Outreach Center is located at:</p> <p><strong>New Orleans Public Library – Main Branch, first floor</strong></p> <p>219 Loyola Ave. New Orleans, LA 70112</p> <p>The center will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, and be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The center will re-open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27.</p> <p> </p> <p>Normal hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.</p> <p><strong>Federal Covid-19 safety rules require all visitors and employees at federal facilities to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.</strong></p> <p>The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance and an SBA loan is Nov. 29, 2021.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>sandra.habib</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/23/2021 - 21:49</span> Tue, 23 Nov 2021 21:49:54 +0000 sandra.habib 629139 at https://www.fema.gov Hurricane Ida Assistance Still Available as Deadline Nears https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211122/hurricane-ida-assistance-still-available-deadline-nears <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hurricane Ida Assistance Still Available as Deadline Nears</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>Survivors of Hurricane Ida still have one week left to apply for assistance from FEMA. The final deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 29.</p> <p>FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by Hurricane Ida can cover rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. The fastest way to apply for FEMA assistance is online at <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Phone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Individuals can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply and meet with FEMA specialists in person. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">fema.gov/DRCLocator</a>.</p> <p>Nov. 29 is also the final deadline to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan. SBA representatives are available at disaster recovery centers. Businesses and residents can also visit <a href="https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance">sba.gov/disaster-assistance</a>, call SBA’s customer service center at 800-659-2955 (TTY) 800-877-8339, or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a> for information or to apply.</p> <p>Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance. Applicants and staff in the recovery centers are required to follow CDC COVID-19 safety guidance.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>sandra.habib</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/22/2021 - 15:16</span> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 15:16:29 +0000 sandra.habib 629057 at https://www.fema.gov Two Disaster Recovery Centers in New Orleans and Gonzales to Close Permanently Nov. 23 https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211119/two-disaster-recovery-centers-new-orleans-and-gonzales-close-permanently-nov <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Two Disaster Recovery Centers in New Orleans and Gonzales to Close Permanently Nov. 23</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers at the New Orleans Public Library Main Branch (Orleans Parish) and the Gonzales Mental Health Center in Gonzales (Ascension Parish) will close permanently at the close of business, Tuesday, Nov. 23.</p> <p>Residents of all parishes affected by Hurricane Ida can continue to visit a number of disaster recovery centers in Louisiana. <strong>All DRC centers follow COVID-19 precautions.</strong> <strong>Masks are required for all visitors, employees and volunteers.</strong></p> <p>Survivors can meet face to face with FEMA specialists at the following centers until they close permanently on Nov. 23:</p> <h2>Disaster Recovery Centers Closing Nov. 23</h2> <h3>New Orleans Public Library Main Branch (first floor)</h3> <p>219 Loyola Ave.</p> <p>New Orleans, LA 70112</p> <p><strong>Closing at 3:30 p.m.</strong></p> <h3>Gonzales Mental Health Center</h3> <p>1112 E. Ascension Complex Blvd.</p> <p>Gonzales, LA 70037</p> <p><strong>Closing at 6 p.m.</strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>kwei.nwaogu</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/19/2021 - 15:37</span> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 15:37:55 +0000 kwei.nwaogu 628604 at https://www.fema.gov What’s Holding up Your Disaster Assistance? Call the FEMA Helpline and Find Out https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211118/whats-holding-your-disaster-assistance-call-fema-helpline-and-find-out <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What’s Holding up Your Disaster Assistance? Call the FEMA Helpline and Find Out</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>If you applied with FEMA and have questions about your recovery process, immediate help is available.</p> <p>Simply call FEMA’s Disaster Helpline at <strong>800-621-3362 </strong>(TTY <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) to find out the status of your application, what additional assistance may be available or to have other questions answered. Multilingual operators are available to take your call. The lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p>If you haven’t heard back from FEMA since applying, a number of common problems may have delayed the application process. For example, thousands of applications from Louisiana survivors have been held up because of missing documents. Provide the needed paperwork, and the application can begin to move forward. Just call the Helpline to find out how.</p> <h3>Reasons to call the Helpline:</h3> <ul><li><strong>To get help with setting up an online account</strong> at <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a></li> <li><strong>To get help with uploading documents.</strong> A Helpline operator can walk you through the process: Go to <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> and login to your online account. <ul><li>Upload the document through the Upload Center tab at the top of the page after selecting the type of document you are submitting (appeal, verification document, etc.). Select “Upload Now” to submit the documentation or for multiple documents, select “Add Another File.” </li> </ul></li> <li><strong>You received a letter from FEMA, but no decision was given</strong>. Read the letter carefully; if you don’t understand what FEMA wants you to do, call the Helpline to find out why no decision has been made. Often you will need to provide more documentation. Call the Helpline to find out how to handle FEMA’s requests for more information.</li> <li><strong>You received a letter and were denied assistance</strong> but don’t know why. Call the Helpline to find out why you were denied assistance and for help with appealing FEMA’s decision.</li> <li><strong>FEMA may already have called you</strong>. FEMA staff review all applications and call survivors to verify information. These calls may come from an unlisted number. By not answering calls from an unlisted number, applicants may miss an opportunity for FEMA to assist them. When you answer an unlisted number and the caller says they are from FEMA, request a FEMA identification number from the caller. If you are unsure of the caller’s identification, or you are suspicious of someone claiming to be from FEMA, call the <strong>FEMA Helpline </strong>at <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY <strong>800-462-7585</strong>). The same applies if you have been waiting for a home inspection call. The inspector may call from an unlisted number, and you may miss the call.</li> <li><strong>Your circumstances have changed</strong>, and you need to<strong> </strong>update your application. For a change of address, a new phone number, updated banking information or other changes, call the Helpline.</li> <li><a><strong>To update your insurance information.</strong> If you have received your insurance settlement and haven’t told FEMA yet, or it doesn’t cover your needs, call the Helpline to update your application.</a></li> <li><strong>If you want more information about the recovery process</strong>, how to rebuild to make your home stronger or other recovery resources, call the Helpline. The operators can share information about additional support available from FEMA and its partners.</li> </ul></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>kiarash.ghiam</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/18/2021 - 19:01</span> Thu, 18 Nov 2021 19:01:16 +0000 kiarash.ghiam 628586 at https://www.fema.gov Six Disaster Recovery Centers to Close Permanently Nov. 18-20 https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211116/six-disaster-recovery-centers-close-permanently-nov-18-20 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Six Disaster Recovery Centers to Close Permanently Nov. 18-20</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>The Disaster Recovery Centers at the following locations will close permanently this week.</p> <p>Residents of all parishes affected by Hurricane Ida can continue to visit a number of other centers open in Louisiana. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit <a href="http://www.FEMA.gov/DRC">www.FEMA.gov/DRC</a>. <strong>All centers follow COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required for employees, volunteers and survivors.</strong> </p> <p>Survivors can meet face to face with FEMA specialists at the following centers until they close permanently.</p> <h3>DRCs Closing Nov. 18</h3> <h4>Convent Senior Center</h4> <p>5775 Hwy. 44 Convent, LA 70723</p> <p>Closes at 6 p.m.</p> <h4>AMVETS Post 68</h4> <p>26890 Hwy. 42 Springfield, LA 70462</p> <p>Closes at 6 p.m.</p> <h3>DRCs Closing Nov. 19</h3> <h4>Plaquemines Parish Government Complex</h4> <p>333 F. Edward Hebert Blvd. Belle Chasse, LA 70037</p> <p>Closes at 6 p.m.</p> <h4>Port Sulphur YMCA</h4> <p>278 Civic Center Dr. Port Sulphur, LA 70083</p> <p>Closes at 5 p.m.</p> <h4>American Legion Home</h4> <p>63349 Hwy. 10 Bogalusa, LA 70427</p> <p>Closes at 6 p.m.</p> <h3>DRCs Closing Nov. 20</h3> <h4>St. Helena Parish 5th Ward Recreation District (parking lot)</h4> <p>31676 Hwy. 16 Amite, LA 70442</p> <p>Closes at 6 p.m.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>sandra.habib</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/16/2021 - 15:47</span> Tue, 16 Nov 2021 15:47:13 +0000 sandra.habib 628517 at https://www.fema.gov Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Hurricane Ida Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211115/two-weeks-remain-apply-hurricane-ida-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Hurricane Ida Assistance</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>Survivors of Hurricane Ida still have two weeks left to apply for individual assistance from FEMA. The final deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 29.</p> <p>FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by Hurricane Ida can cover rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.</p> <p>The easiest way to apply for FEMA assistance is online at <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Phone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., seven days a week. Individuals can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply and meet with FEMA specialists in person. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">fema.gov/DRCLocator</a>.</p> <p>Nov. 29 is also the final deadline to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan. SBA representatives are available at disaster recovery centers. Businesses and residents can also visit <a href="https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance">sba.gov/disaster-assistance</a>, call SBA’s customer service center at 800-659-2955 (TTY) 800-877-8339, or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a> for information or to apply.</p> <p>Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance. All DRC centers follow COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required for all visitors, employees and volunteers.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>kiarash.ghiam</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/15/2021 - 16:47</span> Mon, 15 Nov 2021 16:47:01 +0000 kiarash.ghiam 628416 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Assistance Still Available as Deadline Approaches https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211109/disaster-assistance-still-available-deadline-approaches <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Assistance Still Available as Deadline Approaches</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>As Louisiana continues to recover from Hurricane Ida, FEMA encourages survivors to apply for disaster assistance before it’s too late. The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 29.</p> <p>Many times, homeowners don’t apply because they believe the damage to their home is insufficient, but later discover hidden disaster-related damage. Survivors whose homes were damaged or who lost personal property during Hurricane Ida must apply before Nov. 29 to participate in FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.</p> <p>FEMA has several Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located throughout the state. However, you do not have to visit a DRC in person to apply with FEMA. The fastest ways to apply for assistance are:</p> <p>Online at <a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</p> <p>By phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>Download FEMA’s mobile app. Select Disaster Resources and click on Apply for Assistance Online.</p> <p>DRCs are staffed by representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and sometimes other federal and local agencies and non-governmental resources. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit <a href="http://www.FEMA.gov/DRC">www.FEMA.gov/DRC</a>. <strong>All centers follow COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required for both FEMA specialists and survivors.</strong></p> <p>Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>sandra.habib</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/09/2021 - 17:19</span> Tue, 09 Nov 2021 17:19:30 +0000 sandra.habib 628213 at https://www.fema.gov ICYMI – FEMA Administrator Travels to Louisiana to Visit Communities Recovering from Hurricane Ida, Meets with State Officials, Parish Presidents and Faith Leaders https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211103/icymi-fema-administrator-travels-louisiana-visit-communities-recovering <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICYMI – FEMA Administrator Travels to Louisiana to Visit Communities Recovering from Hurricane Ida, Meets with State Officials, Parish Presidents and Faith Leaders</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell traveled to Louisiana earlier this week, where she met with parish presidents and faith leaders leading Hurricane Ida recovery efforts in their communities.</p> <p>The visit marked Administrator Criswell’s third trip to impacted communities since Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana in late August.</p> <p>On Monday, the Administrator met with St. John the Baptist Parish President Jaclyn Hotard and St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell at the St. Charles Emergency Operations Center (EOC). They discussed progress being made with debris cleanup, future mitigation projects and the Hurricane Ida Direct Housing Sheltering program. Afterwards, Administrator Criswell received a tour of the EOC and participated in a news conference with parish and state officials.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-travels-louisiana.jpg" width="612" height="408" alt="FEMA Administrator Criswell received a tour of the EOC and participated in a news conference with parish and state officials." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p> Administrator Criswell then traveled to a non-congregate sheltering site in Grand Isle, where she met with Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle for a tour of the island and a visit to the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. At the center, she thanked staff for the work they’ve done to support the community as they recover and rebuild.</p> <p> </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-travels-louisiana-2.jpg" width="611" height="408" alt="Administrator Criswell traveled to a non-congregate sheltering site in Grand Isle, where she met with Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle for a tour of the island " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>On Tuesday, Administrator Criswell traveled to the Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral in Orleans Parish to attend a faith-based community roundtable. At that event, she provided an update on Hurricane Ida recovery and took questions from attendees. The Administrator highlighted FEMA’s recent changes to its Individual Assistance program and shared that the registration deadline for Hurricane Ida survivors has been extended to Nov.  29.</p> <p> </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-travels-louisiana-3.jpg" width="612" height="408" alt="Administrator Criswell attended a faith-based community roundtable at the Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral in Orleans Parish ." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p> Next, Administrator Criswell visited the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, which is providing services to an average of nearly 200 survivors every day. She thanked FEMA staff and other federal partners for their efforts on the ground assisting survivors.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-travels-louisiana-4.jpg" width="612" height="408" alt="Administrator Criswell visited the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p> Before returning to Washington, the Administrator met with Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove and Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson at the Terrebonne Parish Government Tower to receive an update on the recovery process from both Hurricane Ida and other recent storms.</p> <p>“Ida was a catastrophic event and it caused destruction that was larger than any of the disasters that we’ve seen here recently,” said Administrator Criswell. “It made landfall 16 years to the day from Hurricane Katrina, and there’s still a lot of recovery that’s going on from Katrina. We’ve learned a lot since then and have been able to put a lot of new processes in place to help expedite the recovery. But there are still things we can do to improve, and that’s what I’m committed to doing.”</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-travels-louisiana-5.jpg" width="612" height="408" alt="FEMA Administrator met with Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove and Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson at the Terrebonne Parish Government Tower" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p> To date, FEMA has provided more than $935 million in grants to survivors and more than $349 million in flood insurance claims. More than 4,700 households are receiving emergency shelter through provided hotel rooms.  The U.S. Small Business Administration has provided more than $915 million in low-interest loans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed more than 35,600 blue roofs so families can shelter inside their home while making additional repairs. For additional recovery information please visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4611">4611 | FEMA.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/03/2021 - 18:47</span> Wed, 03 Nov 2021 18:47:19 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 628034 at https://www.fema.gov Preliminary Flood Maps for Guadalupe County, Texas Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211029/preliminary-flood-maps-guadalupe-county-texas-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Preliminary Flood Maps for Guadalupe County, Texas Ready for Public View</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the cities of New Braunfels and Seguin, and unincorporated areas of Guadalupe County, Texas.</p> <p>Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.</p> <p>For this Physical Map Revision, the FIRMs for Guadalupe County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.</p> <p>FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.</p> <p>Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p><a>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</a></p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/29/2021 - 16:40</span> Fri, 29 Oct 2021 16:40:57 +0000 Carmen.Castro 627980 at https://www.fema.gov Preliminary Flood Maps for Gonzales County, Texas Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211029/preliminary-flood-maps-gonzales-county-texas-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Preliminary Flood Maps for Gonzales County, Texas Ready for Public View</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the City of Gonzales and unincorporated areas of Gonzales County, Texas.</p> <p>Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.</p> <p>For this Physical Map Revision, the FIRMs for Gonzales County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.</p> <p>FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.</p> <p>Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p><a>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</a></p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/29/2021 - 16:21</span> Fri, 29 Oct 2021 16:21:27 +0000 Carmen.Castro 627979 at https://www.fema.gov Preliminary Flood Maps for Comal County, Texas Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211029/preliminary-flood-maps-comal-county-texas-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Preliminary Flood Maps for Comal County, Texas Ready for Public View</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the City of New Braunfels and unincorporated areas of Comal County, Texas.</p> <p>Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.</p> <p>For this Physical Map Revision, the FIRMs for Comal County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.</p> <p>FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.</p> <p>Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p><a>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</a></p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/29/2021 - 16:16</span> Fri, 29 Oct 2021 16:16:19 +0000 Carmen.Castro 627978 at https://www.fema.gov 60 Days Since Ida, Louisiana Recovery Continues to be Whole Community Effort https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211028/60-days-ida-louisiana-recovery-continues-be-whole-community-effort <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">60 Days Since Ida, Louisiana Recovery Continues to be Whole Community Effort</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. –</strong></a>  It’s been 60 days since Hurricane Ida made landfall. The first months of disaster recovery are often intense, stressful, and sometimes chaotic. That has not slowed down the effort to assist those affected by Ida. Efforts to rebuild and come back from such devastation come from the whole community; one agency cannot do it alone. Through the utilization of state and local resources, volunteer agencies, as well as federal partners, Louisianans have been able to continue to return to some form of normalcy.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_60-days-since-ida.jpg" width="3749" height="2498" alt="Mother and son at a Disaster Recovery Center, where survivors affected by Hurricane Ida can get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents and get questions answered. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are also on hand to provide program information and explain how to apply for SBA’s low-interest disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><strong>Houma, LA.</strong> – Mother and son at a Disaster Recovery Center, where survivors affected by Hurricane Ida can get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents and get questions answered. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are also on hand to provide program information and explain how to apply for SBA’s low-interest disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters.  <em>Photo by Julie Joseph, FEMA.</em></p> <p> </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_60-days-since-ida-02.jpg" width="6202" height="4135" alt="Members of a FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance crew walk door to door (or boat to boat) to help residents apply for assistance after Hurricane Ida. Photo by Julie Joseph, FEMA." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><strong>Montegut, LA</strong> – Members of a FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance crew walk door to door (or boat to boat) to help residents apply for assistance after Hurricane Ida.  <em>Photo by Julie Joseph, FEMA</em><em>.</em></p> <p> </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_60-days-since-ida-03.jpg" width="6600" height="4400" alt="FEMA mitigation specialists give tips to Hurricane Ida survivors on how to rebuild and protect their homes from future disaster-related damage. " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><strong>Thibodaux, LA -- </strong>FEMA mitigation specialists give tips to Hurricane Ida survivors on how to rebuild and protect their homes from future disaster-related damage. <em>Photo by Julie Joseph, FEMA.</em></p> <p> </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_60-days-since-ida-04.jpg" width="7952" height="5304" alt="Members from Team Rubicon Disaster Response Team assess damage caused by Hurricane Ida." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><strong>Hahnville, LA</strong> – Members from Team Rubicon Disaster Response Team assess damage caused by Hurricane Ida. <em>Photo by Julie Joseph, FEMA.</em></p> <p> </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_60-days-since-ida-05.jpg" width="3000" height="2000" alt="Volunteers put together hot lunches at the Tchoupitoulas Chapel to feed those affected by Hurricane Ida. " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><strong>Reserve, LA</strong> – Volunteers put together hot lunches at the Tchoupitoulas Chapel to feed those affected by Hurricane Ida. <em>Photo by Keith Jones, FEMA.</em></p> <p> </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_60-days-since-ida-06.jpg" width="6154" height="4103" alt="Members of a FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance crew walk door to door to help residents of Houma apply for assistance after Hurricane Ida. " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><strong>Houma, LA</strong> – Members of a FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance crew walk door to door to help residents of Houma apply for assistance after Hurricane Ida.  <em>Photo by Julie Joseph, FEMA.</em></p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/28/2021 - 21:47</span> Thu, 28 Oct 2021 21:47:15 +0000 Carmen.Castro 627926 at https://www.fema.gov Federal Disaster Assistance in Louisiana Exceeds $2 Billion Two Months after Hurricane Ida https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211028/federal-disaster-assistance-louisiana-exceeds-2-billion-two-months-after <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Federal Disaster Assistance in Louisiana Exceeds $2 Billion Two Months after Hurricane Ida </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>Since Hurricane Ida barreled across Southeast Louisiana two months ago, leaving dozens of parishes with severe damage and losses, disaster survivors have received more than $889 million in federal grants and been approved for more than $816 million in low-interest loans to enhance their recovery. Another $297 million has been paid to survivors in National Flood Insurance Program claims.</p> <p>Survivors – and their communities – continue to clean up, begin to repair or rebuild their homes with future disasters in mind, and support their neighbors. The response by the state of Louisiana, FEMA and local and nonprofit partners has helped to put Louisiana on the road to recovery, and survivors can be sure FEMA and its partners will continue to work together to help those affected by Ida rebuild their lives and communities. The deadline to apply with FEMA for assistance has been extended to Nov. 29, 2021.</p> <h2>As of Oct. 28, total federal disaster assistance includes:</h2> <p>More than $889 million in total financial help and direct services to those who have necessary eligible expenses following the disaster and are unable to meet those needs through insurance or other means.</p> <p>$492 million of that amount includes housing assistance to help homeowners repair or replace residential property damage from the disaster and/or for a safe place to stay while they recover.</p> <p>$396 million is for Other Needs Assistance to cover necessary, disaster-related expenses such as medical bills, cleaning, repair or replacement of essential household items or vehicles and other non-housing needs.</p> <p>More than $816 million approved in U.S. Small Business Administration loans, with more than $782 million for homeowners and renters and more than $34 million for businesses to repair, rebuild and replace damaged property and contents and for economic injury.</p> <p>More than $297 million in claims paid to more than 4,500 National Flood Insurance policyholders.</p> <h3>Federal housing assistance is providing:</h3> <p>Rental assistance for more than 179,000 homeowners and renters.</p> <p>Direct Temporary Housing assistance for 10 of the most impacted parishes, making available several housing solutions for Louisiana survivors.</p> <p>As FEMA’s direct temporary housing gains momentum, the state is assisting survivors in the most heavily impacted parishes who have immediate sheltering needs. Survivors interested in the state-run Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program can visit <a href="https://idashelteringla.com/en-US/">idashelteringla.com</a> or call 844-268-0301 to register.</p> <p>In another milestone, contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have installed 33,200 "blue roofs" in the storm-affected area, enabling survivors to live in their own homes while they make repairs.</p> <p>FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers have received nearly 33,269 visitors seeking disaster assistance or information, while Disaster Survivor Assistance outreach teams have visited 143,544 homes, made 27,812 referrals to various community resources and helped 15,254 individuals apply with FEMA.</p> <p>The fastest ways to apply for FEMA assistance remain applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Phone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.</p> <p>SBA representatives are also available at disaster recovery centers, and businesses and residents can also visit <a href="https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance">Disaster assistance (sba.gov)</a>, call SBA’s customer service center at 800-659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a> for information to apply.</p> <p>If you have questions about how to repair and rebuild safer and stronger, FEMA’s mitigation specialists can help. To learn more call 833-FEMA-4-US to speak with a Mitigation Specialist or visit <a href="https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit">https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit</a>, for Spanish <a href="https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-es-mit">https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-es-mit</a>, for Vietnamese <a href="https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-vie-mit">https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-vie-mit</a>.</p> <p>For the latest information visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4611">fema.gov/disaster/4611</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a> or on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMARegion6/">facebook.com/FEMARegion6/</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>kwei.nwaogu</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/28/2021 - 21:33</span> Thu, 28 Oct 2021 21:33:43 +0000 kwei.nwaogu 627925 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Extends Deadline to Apply for Hurricane Ida Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211027/fema-extends-deadline-apply-hurricane-ida-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Extends Deadline to Apply for Hurricane Ida Assistance</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. </strong>– Survivors of Hurricane Ida now have until Nov. 29 to apply for individual assistance with FEMA.</p> <p>At the request of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, FEMA has extended the application deadline for survivors in 25 parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.</p> <p>FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by Hurricane Ida can cover rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.</p> <p>The fastest way to apply for FEMA assistance is online at <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Phone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Individuals can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply and meet with FEMA specialists in person. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/DRC">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>The U.S. Small Business Administration’s deadline to apply for an SBA disaster loan has also been extended to Nov. 29. SBA representatives are available at disaster recovery centers, and businesses and residents can also visit <a href="http://www.SBA.gov/disaster">www.SBA.gov/disaster</a>, call SBA’s customer service center at 800-659-2955 (TTY) 800-877-8339 or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a> for information or to apply.</p> <p>For the latest information, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4611">fema.gov/disaster/4611</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a> or on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMARegion6/">facebook.com/FEMARegion6/</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>kiarash.ghiam</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/27/2021 - 21:16</span> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 21:16:42 +0000 kiarash.ghiam 627867 at https://www.fema.gov Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Somervell County, Texas Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211025/revised-preliminary-flood-maps-somervell-county-texas-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Somervell County, Texas Ready for Public View</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the City of Glen Rose and unincorporated areas of Somervell County, Texas.</p> <p>Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.</p> <p>For this Physical Map Revision, the FIRMs for Somervell County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.</p> <p>FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.</p> <p>Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p><a>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</a></p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/25/2021 - 15:15</span> Mon, 25 Oct 2021 15:15:21 +0000 Carmen.Castro 627816 at https://www.fema.gov Disagree with FEMA’s Decision? You Have Options https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211022/disagree-femas-decision-you-have-options <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disagree with FEMA’s Decision? You Have Options</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong></a>If you disagree with FEMA’s decision on disaster assistance, you have the option to submit an appeal and have FEMA look at your case again.</p> <p>After applying for FEMA assistance, you will receive a letter explaining FEMA’s eligibility decision and the reason for that decision. <em>Read your letter carefully </em>because it specifies why you may not be eligible and recommends actions you can take that may change the decision.</p> <p>You may need to provide additional information or documents. For example, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits from other sources, including insurance. However, if your insurance policy doesn’t cover all your essential needs, you may submit your insurance settlement documents for FEMA to review.</p> <p>Examples of other missing documents may include proof of residence, proof of ownership of the damaged property, or proof that the damaged property was your primary residence at the time of the disaster.</p> <p>Additionally, if you told FEMA your home was safe to live in when you applied, but your situation has changed, you can contact the FEMA Helpline by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800- 462-7585) to have your property inspected and reconsidered for assistance.</p> <h2>Appealing a FEMA Decision</h2> <p>Everyone has the right to appeal a FEMA decision. An appeal must be filed in the form of a signed letter from the applicant, within 60 days of the date on the decision letter. In the appeal, explain why you disagree with the decision. Include any requested information and supporting documentation.</p> <p>FEMA will review your appeal and any documentation you have provided. Sometimes another inspection will be conducted. If more information is needed, we will contact you. Once the appeal has been reviewed – including verification calls to contractors or others – a determination will be made on your appeal.</p> <p>Within 90 days of the receipt of the appeal letter, FEMA will notify you in writing about the appeal decision. Be sure to include the following in an appeal:</p> <ul><li>Applicant’s full name, current address and phone number</li> <li>Address of the applicant’s pre-disaster primary residence</li> <li>Applicant’s signature and the date</li> <li>Applicant’s registration number (on every page)</li> <li>FEMA disaster declaration number – DR-4611 (on every page)</li> </ul><p>If you, the applicant, don’t write the appeal letter yourself, you need to include a statement granting the writer authorization to act on your behalf.</p> <p> </p> <p>Appeal letters and supporting documentation can be uploaded quickly to your account on <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> or faxed to 800-827-8112. Please ensure all faxes include the cover sheet provided with your FEMA decision letter.</p> <p>Your appeal may also be submitted at a Disaster Recovery Center where staff are available to assist you with ensuring all necessary documents are included. You can find the nearest center by visiting <a href="http://www.FEMA.gov/DRC">www.FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>Appeals can also be mailed to:</p> <p>FEMA National Processing Service Center</p> <p>P.O. Box 10055</p> <p>Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>kiarash.ghiam</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/22/2021 - 16:37</span> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 16:37:43 +0000 kiarash.ghiam 627798 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Kaufman County, Texas https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211021/public-invited-appeal-or-comment-flood-maps-kaufman-county-texas <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Kaufman County, Texas</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review in Kaufman County, Texas. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.</p> <p>The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day appeal and comment periods.</p> <p>The <strong>90-day appeal and comment periods</strong> will begin on or around <strong>Oct. 21, 2021</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Appeals and comments may be submitted through Jan. 19, 2022 for:</strong></p> <ul><li>The cities of Combine, Crandall, Dallas, Forney, Mesquite, Rosser and Seagoville; and the unincorporated areas of Kaufman County</li> </ul><p><strong>Comments only may be submitted through Jan. 19, 2022 for:</strong></p> <ul><li>The cities of Cottonwood, Heath, Kaufman, Scurry, Talty and Terrell</li> </ul><p><a>Residents may submit an appeal if they consider modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.</a></p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> <li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> <li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information — such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary — they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is to resolve all comments and appeals. Once these are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>To review the preliminary maps or submit appeals and comments, visit your local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can identify your community FPA. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/21/2021 - 17:53</span> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 17:53:01 +0000 Carmen.Castro 627765 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Lowe’s in Thibodaux https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211020/fema-offers-free-rebuilding-tips-lowes-thibodaux <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Lowe’s in Thibodaux</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>Repairing or rebuilding your home?<strong> </strong>Disaster survivors who are working on their homes after Hurricane Ida can visit Lowe’s in Thibodaux this week to talk with FEMA mitigation specialists about their damage and discuss how to best repair their homes.</p> <p>Mitigation advisors will give tips about rebuilding and protecting homes from future disaster-related damage. Most of the information provided is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors. FEMA mitigation specialists will be available Monday, Oct. 18 through Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m CT.</p> <p><strong>Lowe's Home Improvement</strong></p> <p>614 N. Canal Blvd.</p> <p>Thibodaux, LA 70301</p> <p>Specialists are available on the Mitigation Helpline, 833-FEMA-4-US or 833-336-2487, send an email to <a href="mailto:FEMA-LAMit@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-LAMit@fema.dhs.gov</a> or visit <a href="https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit">https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit</a>, <a href="https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-es-mit">https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-es-mit</a> for Spanish or <a href="https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-vie-mit">https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-vie-mit </a>for Vietnamese.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>sandra.habib</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/20/2021 - 16:39</span> Wed, 20 Oct 2021 16:39:07 +0000 sandra.habib 627728 at https://www.fema.gov Preliminary Flood Maps for Coal County, Oklahoma Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211020/preliminary-flood-maps-coal-county-oklahoma-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Preliminary Flood Maps for Coal County, Oklahoma Ready for Public View</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in all communities and unincorporated areas of Coal County, Oklahoma.</p> <p>Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.</p> <p>This is Coal County’s first complete set of digital FIRMs. These maps serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.</p> <p>FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.</p> <p>Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p><a>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</a></p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 10/16/2021 - 14:04</span> Sat, 16 Oct 2021 14:04:37 +0000 Carmen.Castro 627573 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Seeking Applicants to Join Hurricane Ida Recovery Team https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211012/fema-seeking-applicants-join-hurricane-ida-recovery-team <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Seeking Applicants to Join Hurricane Ida Recovery Team </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong> Louisiana residents with experience in customer service, data entry, external affairs, logistics and more have several opportunities to join the Hurricane Ida response and recovery effort as temporary employees. Hiring local, temporary staff is one way FEMA diversifies its workforce and broadens its expertise.</p> <h2>The following jobs are available, mostly in Baton Rouge, to aid with community recovery needs</h2> <ul><li><a href="https:/www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616396500">Hazard Mitigation Training and Administrative Specialist</a> (posting closes Tuesday, Oct. 12)</li> <li><a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616952800">Data Integration Specialist</a> (posting closes Sunday, Oct. 17, or when 100 applications have been received)</li> <li><a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616962200">Intergovernmental/Congressional Affairs Specialist</a> (posting closes Sunday, Oct. 17, or when 200 applications have been received)</li> <li><a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616950900">Geospatial Information Specialist</a> (posting closes Sunday, Oct. 17, or when 100 applications have been received)</li> <li><a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/617006900">Manufactured Housing Specialist</a> (posting closes Sunday, Oct. 17, or when 300 applications have been received)</li> <li><a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/617006100">Digital Communications Specialist</a> (posting closes Sunday, Oct. 17, or when 100 applications have been received)</li> <li><a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/617006300">Voluntary Agency Liaison Specialist</a> (posting closes Sunday, Oct. 17, or when 300 applications have been received)</li> <li><a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/617006800">Community Education and Outreach Specialist</a> (posting closes Sunday, Oct. 17, or when 100 applications have been received)</li> <li><a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616949200">Applicant Services Program Specialists</a> will be hired in Baton Rouge, Houma and New Orleans (postings close Sunday, Oct. 17, or when 400 applications have been received, which may be sooner than the closing date)</li> <li><a href="https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/615772400__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!QQVdNZ78alJbNS7rI1t3Gg0WqeMnI0nOOAKuuBYmTj8v3LFDAU6Tog1G7hoq7TbivYDptOpzoM4erw$">Administrative Assistant</a> (posting closes Monday, Oct. 18, or when 100 applications have been received)</li> </ul><p>Most temporary local hires are employed through a streamlined hiring process. A local hire’s term of employment is 120 days, though it may be extended in 120-day increments. Visit the links above for additional information, including job responsibilities and compensation.</p> <p>FEMA is an equal opportunity employer. Salaries are comparable to local pay rates.</p> <h3>Conditions of Employment</h3> <p>You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.</p> <p>You must successfully pass a background investigation.</p> <p>Selective Service registration is required for males born after Dec. 31, 1959.</p> <p>To see other FEMA career postings, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/careers">fema.gov/careers</a>.</p> <p>For the latest information visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4611">fema.gov/disaster/4611</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a> or on Facebook at <a href="https://facebook.com/FEMARegion6">facebook.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/12/2021 - 21:07</span> Tue, 12 Oct 2021 21:07:26 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 627393 at https://www.fema.gov Your Help Is Needed but Donate and Volunteer Wisely https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211009/your-help-needed-donate-and-volunteer-wisely <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Your Help Is Needed but Donate and Volunteer Wisely</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>The overwhelming generosity of private donations and volunteers is helping Louisiana communities recover after Hurricane Ida. These efforts can augment the capabilities of local, state and tribal authorities and survivors throughout the recovery process, which may last many months, even years.</a></p> <p>Volunteers should work with a response or relief agency to make sure their efforts will help those most in need. If you are not already connected with an organization, you can visit Volunteer Louisiana online at <a href="https://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/">volunteerlouisiana.gov</a> to find volunteer opportunities in the affected communities.  Volunteer Louisiana helps promote volunteerism and assists with coordinating spontaneous, solo volunteers in times of disasters.</p> <p>Donations need to be targeted. An unexpected onrush of donated items may exceed a community’s needs or force a relief organization’s limited workforce to manage the donated goods instead of the needs of survivors. Targeting your donations will improve coordination with disaster relief organizations and local and state emergency managers so those in need receive the right help.</p> <p>That’s why the most effective way to help disaster survivors is to make tax-deductible cash donations to trusted voluntary, faith and community-based charitable organizations. This gives them the ability to purchase the most needed resources or services to provide the survivors.</p> <p><strong>The easiest way to help is to donate cash. </strong>Cash contributions to voluntary organizations make good sense for several reasons:</p> <ul><li>Cash donations place experienced disaster response and relief organizations on the ground and provide the steady flow of resources and services needed to help survivors recover.</li> <li>When organizations or survivors buy goods or services locally, they pump money back into the local economy to help businesses recover faster.</li> <li>It supports disaster responders on the ground, keeping the focus on response and recovery instead of collecting, sorting and transporting donated goods that communities did not ask for.</li> </ul><p>To ensure your cash contribution is used responsibly, only donate to reputable organizations. To find a list of trusted organizations, you can visit Volunteer Louisiana online at <a href="https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/donate">volunteerlouisiana.gov/donate</a> and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at <a href="https://www.nvoad.org/">www.nvoad.org</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>For the latest information visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4611">fema.gov/disaster/4611</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a> or on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/femaregion6/">https://www.facebook.com/femaregion6/</a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:02</span> Sat, 09 Oct 2021 14:02:01 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 627305 at https://www.fema.gov Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211008/revised-preliminary-flood-maps-terrebonne-parish-louisiana-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana Ready for Public View</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the City of Houma and unincorporated areas of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.</p> <p>Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.</p> <p>For this Physical Map Revision, the FIRMs for Terrebonne Parish serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) and setting rates for flood insurance. SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.</p> <p>FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.</p> <p>Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p><a>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</a></p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/08/2021 - 18:36</span> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 18:36:49 +0000 Carmen.Castro 627270 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Offers Equal Access to All Disaster Survivors https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211001/fema-offers-equal-access-all-disaster-survivors <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Offers Equal Access to All Disaster Survivors</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>FEMA and the state of Louisiana are committed to providing disaster assistance to people with disabilities and access and functional needs. Assistance is also available for those who communicate in languages other than English.</p> <p>Some individuals without a disability may have temporary or long-term conditions where they also need a little extra help but might not think to ask for it. FEMA offers extra assistance to people such as older adults, individuals who have difficulty with English, or those who have problems with transportation or finances. Be sure to answer “yes” to question 24, which asks about functional needs on FEMA’s application to see how we can help.</p> <h4>How to Apply</h4> <p>The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</p> <p>Survivors can also apply by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.</p> <p>When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:</p> <ul><li>A current phone number where you can be contacted</li> <li>Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying</li> <li>Your Social Security number, if available</li> <li>A general list of damage and losses if you know what they are</li> <li>Your insurance policy number and the name of your agent or company</li> </ul><h4>Reasonable Accommodations</h4> <p>If you need an accommodation or assistance due to a disability, ask FEMA at the time of applying or anytime throughout the assistance process. Here’s how:</p> <ul><li>Call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</li> <li>FEMA can provide interpreters, real-time captioning, and information in alternate formats such as large- print, audio, and electronic versions. The agency also provides free services to help survivors communicate with its staff and understand FEMA programs.  Among the aids are:</li> <li>Information available in accessible electronic formats on FEMA’s website and social media</li> <li>Qualified American Sign Language interpreters</li> <li>Qualified multilingual interpreters</li> <li>Information written in multiple languages</li> </ul><p>For the latest information visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4611">fema.gov/disaster/4611</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a> or on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMARegion6/">facebook.com/FEMARegion6/</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>daniel.green2</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/01/2021 - 22:03</span> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 22:03:25 +0000 daniel.green2 626999 at https://www.fema.gov