Louisiana Disaster Assistance Applicants: Understand FEMA Determination Letters and How to Appeal Them

What to do if you disagree with FEMA’s decision letter1. Read the letter carefully to find out why the decision was made.Do you need to provide additional information?• Insurance determination letter.• Proof of occupancy or ownership.• Proof of ID.• Applicant’s signature.Common reasons for the initial decision:• The damage was to a secondary home or a rental property, not a primary residence.• Someone else in the household applied and received assistance.• Disaster-related losses could not be verified.• Insurance covered all losses.2. Contact FEMA for help with filing an appeal or any questions.Call800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available)800-462-7585 (TTY)VisitA Disaster Recovery Center3. File a written appeal.Explain why you think the decision was not correct.• Provide supporting information and documents.• Include your FEMA registration number on all documents.• Sign the letter.Mail or fax your appeal within 60 days of the decision letter date, or drop it off at a Disaster Recovery Center.BATON ROUGE, La.— A quick fix may change your decision if you applied for FEMA help following Louisiana’s August severe storms and floods and you disagree with your determination letter.                                                                                                  Everybody has a right to appeal. Read your determination letter carefully to understand FEMA’s decision and know exactly what you need to do for your appeal.                                                                                               Many times applicants just need to submit some extra documents for FEMA to process their application. FEMA can reconsider you in some cases if you:Submit insurance documents. Provide documents from your insurance company that detail your coverage...

Friday, September 30, 2016

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College Students May Qualify for Disaster Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. – Students at Louisiana colleges or universities in areas affected by the August flooding may be eligible for FEMA disaster grants to help with damage to or losses of personal vehicles, clothing, text books and school supplies.Disaster assistance loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available up to $40,000 for personal property loss of vehicles, furniture and other personal items.Students do not need to be permanent residents of the designated parishes to be eligible for assistance. However, the property damage or loss must have occurred in...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Thursday, September 29, 2016 Significant Events: Midwest Flooding  Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Tropical Storm Matthew •Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Ulika; Tropical Depression Roslyn; Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected through early Friday evening •Western Pacific – Tropical Storm 21W (Chaba) Significant Weather: •Flash flooding possible – Mid-Atlantic to Great Lakes •Rain and thunderstorms – central & southern CA; Northern Intermountain/Northern Rockies to Southwest/Southern Rockies; Northern Plains; Middle Mississippi Valley to Great Lakes and Southeast to Mid-Atlantic •Rain and snow...

Deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance Approaching

BATON ROUGE, La. – You have until Friday, Oct. 14 to apply for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) if you lost work as a result of Louisiana’s August severe storms and floods.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:Your workplace was damaged or destroyed.Transportation to work was unavailable.You could not get to your job because you had to travel through an affected area.The disaster prevented you from starting a new job.Your business suffered...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Louisiana Flood Survivors Can Still Get FEMA Rebuilding Advice

FEMA Mitigation representatives speaking to two women inside a home improvement store. A table with FEMA Mitigations information is available for the shoppers to take.BATON ROUGE, La. — As Louisianans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by August floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local hardware and home-improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information on making homes stronger and safer.FEMA mitigation specialists are still on hand to provide information at the following area Home Depot and Lowe’s stores through Oct. 15. They are available to answer questions and offer home-improvement tips and proven methods to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is aimed at people who prefer...

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Debris Removal Continues; Now More than 50 Percent Complete

BATON ROUGE, La. – Recovery officials estimate that recent flooding left 4.8 million cubic yards or 80,000 truckloads of debris in its wake. Removal of that debris is an important sign of progress in disaster recovery, but it takes time. On Sept. 25, debris removal hit the 55-percent completion mark.For the August flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program will reimburse eligible Louisiana jurisdictions 90 percent of reasonable costs involved in debris removal. To receive reimbursement for debris removal, a local jurisdiction must be eligible for the program and...

Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Iberville, Livingston and Vermilion Parishes for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open on Friday, August 26, in Iberville, Livingston and Vermilion parishes to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.These disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:Iberville Parish East Iberville Gym 3285 Highway 75St. Gabriel, LA 70776Livingston Parish American Legion Hall 26200 Highway 43Springfield, LA 70462Vermilion Parish Old Health Unit401 S. St. Charles St. Abbeville, LA 70510Survivors may locate other centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the...

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