FEMA or SBA Assistance May Be Available for Tornado Survivors without Flood Insurance

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

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FEMA Determination Letters: Getting a Second Chance

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

Multiple Resources Available for Louisiana Tornado Recovery

FEMA Is Not the Only Option for SurvivorsBATON ROUGE, La. — Tornado survivors in Livingston and Orleans parishes have several options in addition to FEMA to aid in recovery efforts. Help is offered through charities, nonprofits, volunteer-based services and the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans (SBA).Food, shelter and other immediate necessities are available through various nonprofit organizations, faith-based agencies and other charities. Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.louisiana211.org for a list of services and benefits available to survivors. Operators are available around the clock.Small Business Administration Disaster LoansU.S. Small Business Administration...

It’s Not Too Early to Begin Disaster Clean Up

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

Mobile Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Livingston Parish for Tornado Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. — A mobile disaster recovery center will open Thursday, Feb. 16, in Livingston Parish for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the Feb. 7 tornadoes.Specialists from the state of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about assistance available to survivors.The disaster recovery center’s location and hours of operation are:Livingston ParishLocation:  Livingston Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness20399 Government Blvd.Livingston,...

Tornado Survivors in Livingston and Orleans Parishes May Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you lost work as a result of the tornadoes that struck Livingston and Orleans parishes on Feb. 7, you have until March 15, to apply for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA).DUA may be available if the disaster affected your employment — even if you’re self-employed, a farmer or a farm worker — and you fall under one of the following categories:You worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment.Your workplace was damaged or destroyed.Can establish that the work or self-employment that can no...

Replacing Lost or Damaged Documents for Tornado Survivors

US Department of Homeland Security - Federal Emergency Management AgencyReplacing Lost or Damaged Documents for Tornado Survivors | FEMA.gov Navigation × Close Navigation Enter Search Term(s): Search Languages Main Content Original linkOriginal author: sylvia.obear

Beware of Fraud, Scams When Seeking Disaster Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. — Local, state and federal officials urge survivors of the Feb. 7 Louisiana tornadoes to watch for and immediately report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.Identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors while government agencies and charitable groups begin to provide disaster assistance. The most common post-disaster fraud practices include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid.Local, state and federal officials advise all residents that they never request money for help...

NFIP Advance Payments Expedite Home Repairs for Policyholders

BATON ROUGE, La. — National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders received advanced flood insurance payments of more than $361 million to expedite home repairs following the August flood in Louisiana. Payments were dispersed in as little as five days.The average NFIP advance payment was $18,733. More than $2.3 billion was disbursed to policyholders. The NFIP received a total of 29,551 claims for this disaster with the average payment of $85,798.A conditional wavier of the Standard Food Insurance Policy (SFIP) granted policyholders the advance payment opportunity prior to an official inspection with...

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