Louisiana Flooding Resource Sheet

Dr. Abraham has personally visited flooding in numerous parishes in Northeast, Central and Southeast Louisiana. He recognizes that the damage is widespread and beyond the scope of the initial seven parishes listed in the declaration. Our office is continuing to remain in contact with the governor, local officials and FEMA, and he will advocate for more parishes to be included once the local governments complete their damage assessments.

Again, it is critical that people report their damages to their parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness contacts in order for their parishes to be declared federal disasters.

We are providing the following information to help you with any constituent calls or visits concerning this statewide disaster.

TOPICS INCLUDED

  • BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE FEMA PROCESS
  • FOR RESIDENTS WHOSE PARISH HAS NOT BEEN DECLARED YET
  • HOW TO APPLY FOR AID
  • INFORMATION CHECKLIST FOR APPLYING FOR FEMA
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WHEN APPLYING FOR FEMA & CHECKING STATUS
  • FEMA ASSISTANCE FOR AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES CAN INCLUDE AS REQUIRED
  • LINKS TO OTHER RESOURCES
  • NORTH LOUISIANA/OUACHITA PARISH LOCAL INFORMATION/ASSISTANCE/RESOURCES

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE FEMA PROCESS

The law requires that the Governor ask the President for a major disaster declaration. The Governor asked for seven parishes on Sunday. They are Ouachita, Richland, Morehouse, Grant, Webster, Bossier and Caddo. The governor’s declaration was only the initial declaration, and it can be amended to include other parishes. The governor listed those parishes based on already-filed damage assessments. Other parishes have not submitted damages yet.  On March 13, 2016, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana triggering the release of Federal funds to help people and communities recover from the Severe Storms and Flooding that began March 8, 2016, and continuing.  Details of the disaster declaration and assistance programs are enclosed in the Declaration Fact Sheet.

FOR RESIDENTS WHOSE PARISH HAS NOT BEEN DECLARED YET

If people live in a parish that was not included in the initial declaration, they should contact their parish OHSEP (Office of Homeland security and emergency preparedness) http://gohsep.la.gov/about/parishpa to report damages. Parish OHSEP reports to GOHSEP and after more damage assessments come into the state, the governor can amend the declaration to include other parishes. It is critical that people report damages to their parish OHSEP in order for their parishes to be declared federal disasters.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AID

  • Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
  • FEMA has an app for constituents to upload pictures in order to document damage, apply for assistance, learn about the process, locate nearby shelters and local assistance in addition to numerous links and documents to help with preparedness, emergency relief and clean up/removal.
  • FEMA is coming to set up operations at the Monroe Civic Center this week, however, those details have yet to be finalized. Since everyone does not have the capability to register for FEMA assistance online, Monroe city offices will notify the public as soon as the FEMA disaster assistance team arrives and is ready to help residents.

INFORMATION CHECKLIST FOR APPLYING FOR FEMA

Before starting your application, you, your co-applicant or a minor in your home must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien. Please have a pen and paper and the following information ready:

  • Social Security Number: If you do not have a Social Security number, please apply for a Social Security number, then visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to complete your disaster application. Your household may still be able to receive assistance if there is a minor in the household who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien with a Social Security number.
  • Insurance Information: Describe the type(s) of insurance coverage you have, such as homeowners, flood, automobile, mobile home insurance, etc.
  • Damage Information: Describe your damages caused by the disaster, including the type of disaster (flood, hurricane, earthquake) and type of dwelling (mobile home, house) or vehicle (car, boat).
  • Financial Information: Provide your family's total annual household income, before taxes, at the time of the disaster.
  • Contact Information: Give FEMA the address and phone number where the damages happened and the address and phone number where you can be reached after the disaster.
  • Direct Deposit Information (optional): If you are approved for assistance and want your funds deposited directly into your bank account, provide your banking information. This includes:

              •Bank name

              •Type of account (ex: checking, savings, etc.)

              •Routing number

              •Account number

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WHEN APPLYING FOR FEMA

If you have not applied for disaster assistance yet, please apply online first. This form is not valid until you have an application on record.

If you have applied and are asked to complete a Declaration and Release Form (OMB form 009-0-3; PDF, 89 KB), you can print, fill it out, and mail it to:

FEMA – Individuals & Households Program
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

Or fax: 1-800-827-8112

If you need help filling out the form, please call the FEMA Helpline, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 7 days a week:

  • 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
  • TTY 1-800-462-7585
  • 711 or VRS 1-800-621-3362

You don’t have to provide the requested information. It’s voluntary. But if you choose not to provide it, disaster assistance could be delayed or denied.

 Use this link to Check your status   

FEMA ASSISTANCE FOR AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES CAN INCLUDE AS REQUIRED

  •  Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.  Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters.  Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.   (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)
  • Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.  (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.  Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses.  Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.  (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact.  This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.  (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)

LINKS TO OTHER RESOURCES

LSU Ag Center Flood Recovery http://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/family_home/home/design_construction/getting%20started/recovery_assistance/flood-recovery-information

Helping Pets http://www.fema.gov/helping-pets

FEMA Public Assistance Fact Sheet found here.

FEMA Public Assistance Process Chart found here.

For Current list of Road Closures, go to:

http://www.511LA.org

*local media and government may have information



SBA Stands Ready to Assist Louisiana Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Storms and Flooding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Louisiana businesses and residents as a result of President Obama’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced.

The declaration covers Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Webster parishes as a result of the severe storms and flooding that began March 8, 2016.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing Louisiana with the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with access to federal disaster loans to help Louisiana businesses and residents affected by this disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available 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.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.813 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). As soon as Federal-State Disaster Recovery Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.



USDA Offers Flood Impacted Louisiana Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Louisiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Craig A. McCain, reminds farmers and ranchers across the State and federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding.

“These significant rain and flood events which are ongoing across Louisiana have left extensive damage in their wake,” said McCain. “As such, many farmers and ranchers are experiencing prevented planting, failed acres, displaced and deceased livestock and property damage.”

FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agriculture producers in their recovery efforts following floods or similar qualifying natural disasters. Available programs and loans include:

• Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) – provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters (include native grass for grazing). Eligible producers must have purchased NAP coverage for 2015 crops.

• Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) – offers payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible losses may include those determined by FSA to have been caused by hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, tropical storms, tornadoes, lightening, extreme heat, and extreme cold. Producers will be required to provide verifiable documentation of death losses resulting from an eligible adverse weather event and must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent.

• Tree Assistance Program (TAP) – provides assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers for qualifying tree, shrub and vine losses due to natural disaster.

• Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) – provides emergency relief for losses due to feed or water shortages, disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, which are not adequately addressed by other disaster programs. ELAP covers physically damaged or destroyed livestock feed that was purchased or mechanically harvested forage or feedstuffs intended for use as feed for the producer’s eligible livestock. In order to be considered eligible, harvested forage must be baled; forage that is only cut, raked or windrowed is not eligible. Producers must submit a notice of loss of their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent. For beekeepers, ELAP covers beehive losses (the physical structure) in instances where the hive has been destroyed by a natural disaster including flooding, high winds and tornadoes.

• Emergency Loan Program – Available to producers with agriculture operations located in a county under a primary or contagious Secretarial Disaster designation. These low interest loans help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding.

• Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) – if damages warrant, this program provides emergency cost-share funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate land severely damaged by natural disasters; includes fence loss.

• HayNet – is an Internet-based Hay and Grazing Net Ad Service allowing farmers and ranchers to share ‘Need Hay’ ads and ‘Have Hay’ ads online. Farmers also can use another feature to post advertisements for grazing lands, specifically ads announcing the availability of grazing land or ads requesting a need for land to graze. www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet.

To establish or retain FSA program eligibility, farmers and ranchers must report prevented planting and failed acres (crops and grasses). Prevented planting acreage must be reported on Form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and Risk Management Agency (RMA). Reporting crop losses to FSA does not negate the need for producers suffering losses to report such losses to their crop insurance provider.

“Thankfully, the 2014 Farm Bill reinstated these safety-net programs for farmers and ranchers suffering the devastating impacts of natural disasters such as this epic flood,” said McCain. “Because of the Farm Bill, we, as an Agency, can quickly respond to the recovery needs of our producers.”

For more information on disaster assistance programs and loans visit www.fsa.usda.gov/ or contact your local FSA Office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

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Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Applications for Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015 will begin December 1, 2015

Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015 is a one-month period for individual and business taxpayers to bring delinquent tax accounts up to date by clearing unpaid tax bills and filing overdue state tax returns. It is a completely voluntary program that begins on December 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM central and ends at 11:59 PM central on December 31, 2015.

Amnesty will be granted only for eligible taxes to eligible taxpayers who apply during the amnesty period and who pay or enter into an installment agreement for all of the tax, 83 percent of the remaining interest due, 67 percent of the remaining penalties and all fees and costs, if applicable, for periods designated on the amnesty

application. If the application is approved, the secretary shall waive 17 percent of the interest and 33 percent of the penalties associated with the tax periods for which amnesty is applied. Taxpayers taking advantage of the 2015 Amnesty program have the opportunity to pay their delinquent amount in installments. See the reverse side of this sheet for more information about installments.

If you have questions about Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015, visit www.ldrtaxamnesty.com or call the Amnesty Customer Service Line at 1-866-782-9241 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 8:00 PM central time.

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Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 9:39 PM

Monroe Airport receives $990,000 Grant

U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, announced the Monroe Regional Airport will receive a $990,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The funds will be used to complete the final phase of construction of a new perimeter service road adjacent to the perimeter fence.

“The Monroe Regional Airport plays a critical role in the economic development of Northeast Louisiana’s hub city and the surrounding areas. The funding for this project will continue that mission of uplifting our region. I look forward to continuing my strong relationship with the city of Monroe, and together, we will keep bringing more federal dollars to the city for worthy projects such as this,” Abraham said.

The funds are part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.

“We have done a tremendous amount of improvements to the airport, which includes a new terminal. We appreciate the support of the FAA and the congressional delegation for the ongoing funds for these capital improvements,” said Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo.

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Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 1:27 PM

NELEA notifies region of deadline for weather related damages: SBA Loans

Director Michael Ricks of the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Louisiana District Office today reminded small businesses of the August 18, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by severe weather and tornadoes in Ouachita Parish that occurred October 13, 2014.

According to Ricks, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. "EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster's impact. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage," Ricks said.

These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Caldwell, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Union parishes.

The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For owners of these impacted small businesses, disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling toll-free at (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877‑8339. For more information about SBA's disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

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Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:54 AM

Entergy named to the Top 100 Corporate Citizens List

The Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance (NELEA) would like to congratulate Entergy for being name among the nation's 100 best corporate citizens.

By taking responsible actions to ensure the sustainability of its operations and being committed to transparency in making company information publicly available, Entergy has achieved inclusion on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's annual list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. It's the sixth time the company has been included on the list. Entergy is ranked 36, the highest rating for electric utilities.

"Powering life is an awesome responsibility," said Leo Denault, Entergy's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The actions and reporting noted by our inclusion on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list fulfill Entergy's mission to operate a world-class energy business that creates sustainable value for all our stakeholders. We are pleased that the work we do every day has been recognized by CR Magazine, but more important, we are proud to uphold our commitment to our owners, customers, employees and communities we serve."

The list includes companies who meet more than 300 criteria in the areas of human rights, employee relations, philanthropy and community support, environment, climate change, governance and finance. Entergy's highest ratings included the areas of philanthropy and environment. CR Magazine's coverage includes case studies, best practices and trends in corporate responsibility.

"Companies that make our list make a tremendous effort to learn and disclose how their businesses impact employees, communities and the environment," said Bill Hatton, Editor in Chief of CR Magazine. "They engage in a wide range of responsible business practices, and they do so while succeeding financially as businesses. They exemplify good corporate citizenship."

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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 1:07 PM

Bollinger Foundation Seeks Nominations for Scholarship Grants

The Bollinger Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2015 grant awards. Assistance is available for families who have lost a parent or guardian where either the deceased or surviving parent or guardian worked or continues to work in the field of public housing, community development, or economic development. Should you know of someone that could benefit from this fantastic award, please follow the link to inquire more information.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Madison Parish Port announces acquisition

It was announced Friday, February 7, 2014, in St. Paul, Minnesota, that CHS has acquired the fertilizer business and business related fertilizer assets of Terral River Service, Lake Providence, LA.Terral River Service is a river transportation service company specializing in the bulk storage and handling of dry and liquid materials along the Mississippi River system.

CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their business through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

Terry Murphy, Madison Parish Port Commission Director gave the following statement, “ The Madison Parish Port Commission is very optimistic that the presence of a fortune 100 company with global operations throughout the world will soon own property adjacent to the port.  Hopefully, their presence in the Delta parishes will enhance the possibilities for economic development, will enhance job development and increase jobs and opportunities for agriculture and agri-business related industries.”

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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Delta Regional Authority invests $139,000 to support healthy living among northeast Louisiana workforce

Delta Regional Authority invests $139,000 to support healthy living among northeast Louisiana workforce. DRA investment will combat the high toll of chronic disease through behavioral change in the workplace

MONROE, La. – Northeast Louisiana will receive a major investment in resources to combat chronic disease among the Delta region’s workforce, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced today. The DRA initiated a $139,432.50 investment to support a coalition of public health agencies in three northeast Louisiana parishes in working with hospitals and small businesses to improve health outcomes by promoting behavioral changes in the workplace. 

“With the support of the Delta Regional Authority, the North Louisiana Regional Health Alliance is working to implement an innovative Pilot Worksite Wellness Program at three of the largest healthcare providers in Morehouse, Richland & Union parishes,” said Jinger Greer, North Regional Alliance Executive Director. 

The investment is part of the DRA’s Healthy Workforce Challenge which has funded programs in five states to incentivize healthy lifestyles through workplace programming. The programs designed by recipients include employee health assessments, access to healthy food options, fitness challenges, wellness classes, training and workshops. 

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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Business Solutions Beyond Reform

HEALTH CARE REFORM IS MOVING AHEAD FULL SPEED.

Are you in compliance with the Affordable Care Act?

Health care reform is moving ahead full speed. With it comes complex HR compliance challenges for businesses. The confusion due to the countless delays, misinformation and false starts by the federal government has led many employers to question whether they are covered by the law's mandate and, if so, to what extent.

LABI invites all business owners, brokers and HR professionals to join us for a presentation by health care economist Michael Bertaut of Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana about ACA compliance issues and trends and the direction business owners can expect with the employer mandate in his highly regarded presentation, "Business Compliance with the Affordable Care Act: Just How Far Behind Are You?"

Bertaut will address some basic and very important questions to help you better identify your obligations under ACA based on your size and the number of people you employ. This will make it easier to determine if your business is compliant with the Employer Mandate outlined in ACA.

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If you can't make it to the LABI Conference Center Nov. 13, make sure to watch the live webinar at www.connect.labi.org.

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