Orange County, Texas Flood Maps Become Final

DENTON, Texas – New flood maps become effective Dec. 16, 2021 for Orange County, Texas. Residents are encouraged to examine the maps to determine if they are in a low-to-moderate- or high-risk flood zone. During the next six months, a FEMA compliance specialist will be working with your community on updating each floodplain ordinance and adopting these new flood maps. By understanding flood risks, individuals can decide which insurance option is best for their situation. Community leaders can use these maps to make informed decisions about building standards and development that...

Understanding Your FEMA Decision Letter

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana residents who applied for assistance from FEMA after sustaining damage from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 17 - 21 will receive a letter from FEMA in the mail or via email. The letter will explain the status of your application and how to respond. It is important to read the letter carefully. If you have turned in all required information and are eligible for a FEMA grant, the letter will tell you the dollar amount of your grant and how the funds should...

Disaster Assistance Services and Vaccination Opportunity Coming to Lake Charles

BATON ROUGE, La.— Disaster assistance services will be available for survivors of the May severe storms, tornadoes and flooding at an in-person Recovery Service Center (RSC) in Lake Charles. FEMA, the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the City of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish have teamed up to offer multiple services in one location. The goal of the joint recovery center is to assist survivors in applying for federal disaster assistance and to connect them with other agencies for help with their immediate needs. No appointment is...

Make Your FEMA Grant Work for You

BATON ROUGE, La. – A FEMA grant gives a boost to rebuilding and recovery from disaster. You have very real needs following a disaster and you know best what they are. When you applied for FEMA assistance, you explained your situation and now you have received a grant. It is time to go to work on your recovery using the funds quickly, wisely and only for disaster-related expenses. The letter you received about the grant explains what you can spend the money on. Among approved expenses are: Repairs to make a...

Weather Preparedness for Survivors in FEMA Temporary Housing Units

BATON ROUGE, La. – Hurricane season has started and the safety and well-being of occupants living in FEMA temporary housing units is an important concern of the agency. Below are tips for preparing for hurricane related weather.  What to do During Severe Weather: If severe weather is predicted, stay alert to weather warnings and comply with any local official evacuation orders. Use the weather radio to monitor evacuation orders. Evacuate immediately if local officials recommend manufactured housing occupants find sturdier shelter. Should local officials recommend manufactured housing occupants find sturdier shelter,...

Submitting an SBA Loan Application Could Bring More FEMA Grant Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application holds many benefits for disaster survivors who apply for federal assistance. An applicant who is referred to the SBA during the initial FEMA application process is expected to complete an SBA loan application. Submitting a loan application keeps the full range of disaster assistance available as an option. SBA Referral Letters Applicants are often referred to the SBA after initially applying for federal disaster assistance. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application and return it to the SBA to...

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Preliminary Flood Maps for Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana Ready for Public View

DENTON, Texas – Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in all communities and unincorporated areas of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. 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. This is Terrebonne Parish’s first complete set of digital FIRMs. These maps serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood...

Preliminary Flood Maps for Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Ready for Public View

DENTON, Texas – Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in all communities and unincorporated areas of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. 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. This is Lafourche Parish’s first complete set of digital FIRMs. These maps serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood...

FEMA Rental Assistance May Help Renters and Homeowners Who Need a Place to Stay

BATON ROUGE, La. – For Louisiana renters and homeowners who cannot live in their homes because of the severe storms, tornados and flooding in May, FEMA rental assistance may help. The initial rental award is for two months and may be reviewed for further assistance. FEMA rental assistance is a temporary grant to survivors to pay for somewhere to live while they repair or rebuild their home. For renters, it may provide a solution while their lodging is under repair or while they look for a new place to rent. Options...

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