DISASTER RECOVERY ASSISTANCE
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Listed below is information gathered from a number of resources involving assistance offered by state and federal entities and agencies which may be of interest to judges, clerks, court administrators, attorneys and citizens.
Louisiana Supreme Court
The Clerk of Court's Office will issue replacement licenses, free of charge, for those damaged by recent flooding. Please make request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judges who need assistance should contact Sandra Vujnovich, Judicial Administrator, at (504) 310-2605 or email@example.com.
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS
Office of the Governor, State of Louisiana
The Office of the Governor has put together a list of resources for victims of the flooding in Louisiana as well as a list of opportunities for those wishing to donate time or money. Additionally, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that a total of 20 parishes have been declared a major disaster by the federal government. Please select this link for more information and the full list.
Gov. Edwards Announces Additional Housing Solutions for Flood Survivors; Introduces Shelter at Home Program
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced several additional housing solutions for the thousands of Louisianans impacted by the historic flooding in the recent weeks.
One of those solutions includes the Shelter at Home Program, a program new to Louisiana that will allow people to shelter at their own home while they continue to rebuild.
The additional housing solutions announced today include:
Last week, the governor announced that eligible flood survivors may also take advantage of the following transitional housing assistance:
- Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) is a temporary program for survivors displaced from their primary residence that allows eligible disaster survivors to select from a list of partner hotel rooms.
- Access to available rental property listed on www.lahousingsearch.org.
Gov. Edwards again encouraged everyone impacted by the flooding disaster to register with FEMA for Individual Assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) will also make loans available for individuals and businesses that were damaged during the flooding. For more information visit www.sba.gov.
Click here for a full list of all help available to flood survivors.
LOUISIANA SECRETARY OF STATE
Louisiana Secretary of State (link)
Salvaging Documents and Photographs
STATE ARCHIVES OFFERS ADVICE FOR SALVAGING FLOODED DOCUMENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
The Louisiana State Archives is offering advice for anyone trying to recover flooded documents and photographs. Specific directions for all kinds of records, including photographs, can be found on the homepage of the Secretary of State website at www.sos.la.gov.
List of Vendors who may be of assistance in remediating records following a disaster (PDF)
*Please note this list is not an endorsement for any particular vendor or vendors but merely provided as an information resource.
LOUISIANA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Disaster Response - Link to the LSBA's Disaster Response webpage.
SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel - All Concern Encouraged) - SOLACE is receiving information on offers of assistance as well as information from those in the legal community in need of assistance. If you or someone you know needs assistance, forward your request to SOLACE at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your request to the LSBA Diaster Response Message Board. Please include an email address that protects the sender's identity.
SOLACE Information Page
SOLACE Coordinators Page
LOUISIANA CLERKS OF COURT ASSOCIATION
Louisiana Clerks of Court Association (link)
For information on assistance, please contact Debbie D. Hudnall, Executive Director, Louisiana Clerks of Court, (225) 293-1162 or email@example.com.
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
Louisiana Department Of Safety And Corrections (link)
Facilities Damaged or Evacuated
Several facilities operated by the Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections experienced water damage, necessitating relocation of many offenders, and a complete evacuation and relocation of all female inmates housed at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW). You may contact the Louisiana Department of Corrections for further information through the offender locator.
Offender Locator (link)
The DOC inmate locator number is operational. You may contact the Department’s automated system at 225-383-4580 and provide the offender’s name and either his/her date of birth or DOC number to find his or her location.
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
Louisiana Department of Insurance - The Louisiana Department of Insurance has recently issued an Emergency Rule. Information about the rule and other insurance information is available on their website at www.ldi.la.gov/floodrecovery.
Louisiana Department of Insurance
LOUISIANA PROPERTY ASSISTANCE AGENCY
Louisiana Property Assistance Agency (LPAA) - The Louisiana Property Assistance Agency is responsible for the control and disposition of all state moveable property and management of the state’s fleet of vehicles.
The United States Department of Homeland Security declared a state of emergency due to severe storms and flooding in Louisiana parishes. The major disaster declaration was made on August 14, 2016.
Designated Parishes: Acadia Parish, Ascension Parish, Avoyelles Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Evangeline Parish, Iberia Parish, Iberville Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Lafayette Parish, Livingston Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Vermilion Parish, Washington Parish and West Feliciana Parish.
To Apply for assistance:
If your home has been affected by flooding and is part of an area declared a federal disaster area, there is help available. You can call 800-621-3362 or go to www.disasterassistance.gov and enter your home or business address to find out if your area has been declared a federal disaster area.
- Online at www.disasterassistance.gov
- Call 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service). If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585.
- Visit a Disaster Recovery Center.
- After you apply, FEMA may contact you to schedule an inspection or to get additional information to process your application. Update your contact information online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service). If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585.
FEMA Helpline 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
The FEMA Helpline is available:
- 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 7 days a week
- TTY 1-800-462-7585
- 711 or VRS 1-800-621-3362
- You can also send an email from the Disaster Assistance webform.
- Or write to: FEMA
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
Assistance to Individuals and Households (link)
There are several types of assistance available to applicants through the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). IHP provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means. Some forms of assistance are linked below:
- Housing Assistance
- Other Needs Assistance
- Conditions and Limitations of IHP Assistance
Disaster Assistance.Gov (link)
You may complete an application for disaster assistance now, even if your parish has not yet been federally declared for Individual Assistance. You may go to the disaster assistance website and apply online to receive assistance. When asked to choose a disaster, select the disaster number "4277." If your area has not yet been declared, you may just click Next to proceed. Your application will be processed if and when your parish is added to the current declaration.
NFIP: Flood Insurance Claims and Questions
Call 1-800-621-3362 Monday to Friday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and select Option 2 for the FEMA call center. Staff will be assisting policyholders with information regarding their flood insurance policy, offer technical guidance to aid in recovery and provide answers to complicated and general questions about the NFIP.
LOUISIANA HOUSING CORPORATION
Louisiana Housing Corporation Renting a House/Condo/Apartment
DISASTER FOOD STAMPS (DSNAP)
Disaster Food Stamps (DSNAP)
*For the most up-to-date information on DSNAP, visit dcfs.la.gov
What is DSNAP?
DSNAP provides eligible households - who do not currently receive SNAP benefits - with help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.
Where can I find information about DSNAP locations?
All DSNAP updates will be posted online at dcfs.la.gov and on the DCFS Facebook page.
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Business Recovery Resources
The Louisiana Department of Economic Development has set up a resource page with more information for businesses affected by the flooding, including the locations of Business Recovery Centers currently open. Click here to visit their Flood Recovery Assistance page.
Other Helpful Information
For the most up-to-date information on road closures in Louisiana:
To register for disaster unemployment assistance, you must register by September 15, 2016 and must be unemployed as of August 11, 2016:
Other numbers you might find helpful:
- Pet Rescue/Triage: 225-952-8168
- Register for free home cleanup assistance: 1-800-451-1954
- To find out if your loved one is in a state-run shelter: 225-219-5452
- To find out if your loved one is in a Red Cross shelter: 1-866-438-4636
LOUISIANA APPLESEED NETWORK
Louisiana Appleseed Network flyer for general public (pdf)
Louisiana Appleseed Network flyer for lawyers and non-lawyer volunteers who help residents with disaster recovery issues (pdf)
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Louisiana State University (LSU) - The LSU Registrar's Office will reprint, free of charge, any LSU diploma that was lost in the recent flooding. to request a new diploma, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PREVENT CHILD ABUSE LOUISIANA
A resource, KIDLINE, 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. If you're feeling overwhelmed by stress, need access to local resources or want to talk to someone about how to help your children deal with the loss, please feel free to call this toll-free number and talk to a trained counselor.
Also, an updated "By the Numbers: Helping Children Cope of All Ages Cope After a Disaster" information provided by SAMSHA offers advice for helping children of different ages as they experience this event, as well as signs to look for that indicate they might be having trouble.
For individuals, the state's Emergency page has links to register for federal disaster assistance, as well as links to the Red Cross and state agencies. You can also register for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) through the state Department of Children and Family Services.
BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD LOUISIANA
The BCBSLA website (http://www.bcbsla.com/flood) has a lot of information that can direct folks who need assistance including a program change for early refills.
Discounts and Resources
Following the devastating South Louisiana floods, many companies are offing special deals. Check here for updates on special discounts and resources.
Helpful Mobile Apps
Below is a list of mobile apps that can be useful as you are recovering from the floods.
LA Disaster Declaration Map
FEMA has released a map of all parishes included in the federal disaster declaration (as of 8/16/2016) and what designation they are included under. Click the map for full size.