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.
- 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:
•Type of account (ex: checking, savings, etc.)
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
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:
*local media and government may have information