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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Flood Recovery Update from FEMA

October 28, 2016
Blog Post

Updates from FEMA:

Many services are still available for survivors at disaster recovery centers. Services include crisis counseling, appealing a determination letter from FEMA or SBA, checking on the status of your application and getting disaster-related legal advice.  Survivors can find their closest center by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or text DRC and your ZIP code to 43362. They can also search online at fema.gov/drc.

Information about Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU)

While waiting for an MHU, you can make the process move as smoothly as possible if you:
o are available for site inspectors,
o arrange with the power company for service,
o get signatures for right-of-entry from your neighbors.
o keep your information up to date (800-621-3362) so we can contact you.

There are several factors that can delay occupancy on a private site:
o power hookups
o inspections for ingress and egress
o utility and sewer hookups

If you have a question about your MHU, we encourage you to call the FEMA helpline toll-free at 800-621-3362 or for TTY, call 800-462-7585.

Updated deadlines:
o October 31 - Request for Public Assistance for Louisiana governments and certain private nonprofits
o November 14 - Registration with FEMA for disaster assistance; registration for SBA
o November 18 - Deadline for Transitional Sheltering Assistance has been extended for survivors who have been staying in hotels because their homes have been destroyed or damaged by the August flood.

Mitigation—Building back stronger
FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand at area home improvement stores from Oct. 17 through Oct. 29 to answer questions, offer tips and discuss proven methods for preventing and mitigating disaster damage. Advice offered 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; advisors not available on Sunday.
The Home Depot
10300 Coursey Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA

Lowe’s
9460 Cortana Place
Baton Rouge, LA

10303 South Mall Drive
Baton Rouge, LA

Albertson’s
402 South Range Avenue
Denham Springs, LA

Disaster Recovery Centers
o 12 Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in the following parishes:
Ascension (1), East Baton Rouge (5), Iberia (1), Lafayette (1), Livingston (1), Tangipahoa (2) and Vermilion (1)
o Four Mobile DRCs are open in East Baton Rouge (1) and Livingston (3) parishes.
o Total: 16

To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center, log on with any computer, smartphone or tablet to the disaster recovery center locator at asd.fema.gov/inter/locator or use the FEMA app to locate open shelters and disaster recovery centers, receive severe weather alerts, safety tips and much more.

 Resources for Disaster Survivors


*Housing, Food, Shelter
o 2-1-1 is a single access point for resources like food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and health resources. Visit www.Louisiana211.org or follow @211Louisiana on Twitter.
o Go online to www.FoodPantries.org/st/louisiana to see a database of statewide food banks.
o Rental properties available: www.LaHousingsearch.com.


*Legal Assistance
o Louisiana Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents. For more information visit LouisianaLawHelp.org.

*Volunteer information
o Volunteer and donation opportunities are available at VolunteerLouisiana.gov. You may email 2016FloodDonations@gmail.com to coordinate donations.

* Information about mold at www.ldh.la.gov.