Congress urged to shift National Flood Insurance Program to buyout flood prone homes
Posted on 7/26/2017 6:23:00 AM.
As Congress is set to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance program in September, the Natural Resources Defense Council is urging a shift to moving homeowners to a safer area rather than rebuilding properties that repeatedly flood. Rob Moore with the NRDC says for each 100 dollars spent to rebuild homes, FEMA spends only $1.75 to move individuals to a less flood prone area.
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FEMA looking to hire workers to help with disaster recovery
Posted on 5/8/2017 10:28:00 AM.

FEMA is looking for Louisiana workers to help during disaster response. Supervisor of Human Resources Specialist, Carisa Berkeley says they’re looking to hire 100 reservists from southeast Louisiana to work in FEMA’s public assistance program. She says they’re interested in hiring people with a range of work experience.

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Louisiana’s Paul Rainwater finalist to lead FEMA
Posted on 3/2/2017 3:09:00 AM.

Sources say Louisiana native Paul Rainwater is one of two candidates to become the next director of the Federal Disaster Management Agency. Rainwater has an extensive background when it comes to disaster recovery from his time as a city administrator in Lake Charles to when he was former Governor Bobby Jindal’s Chief of Staff. U.S Senator John Kennedy says Rainwater would be a great choice.

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FEMA says flood victims needing mobile home will receive one by January 31st
Posted on 12/15/2016 3:26:00 AM.

FEMA announces any flood victims awaiting a manufactured housing unit will receive one by January 31st. Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA Tito Hernandez says 25-hundred families are currently eligible to live in a mobile home.

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FEMA extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance program to December 18th
Posted on 11/15/2016 12:20:00 PM.

FEMA has extended the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program until December 18th to benefit people displaced by the August flooding. Denham Springs resident and flood victim Dennis Rodriguez is living in a Breaux Bridge hotel thanks to the program and says it has been a tremendous help.

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Today is last day to register for FEMA disaster assistance
Posted on 11/14/2016 2:33:00 AM.

Today is the final day for flood victims to register for Disaster Assistance. Ray Perez with FEMA says approximately 152,000 individuals have registered for federal aid. He says families are finally able to start the recovery process.

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The deadline to register for FEMA assistance has been extended
Posted on 10/12/2016 4:09:00 PM.

The deadline for August flood victims to apply for FEMA aid or low interest loans from the Small Business Administration has been extended until to November 14th. FEMA spokesperson Kurt Pickering says this will give people more time to register for assistance. He says so far, individual households in Louisiana have received 699-million dollars in grants to repair their homes.

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FEMA tells more than 1200 Denham Springs residents they may have to raise their homes
Posted on 10/3/2016 11:58:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Hundreds of Denham Springs residents in Livingston Parish who flooded in August could be forced to elevate their homes. Mayor Gerard Landry says about 1200 residents were informed by mail over the weekend that initial FEMA assessments show the structure was "substantially damaged" by the flood.
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New FEMA flood maps go into effect
Posted on 9/30/2016 3:32:00 AM.

New FEMA flood maps go into effect today impacting three southeast Louisiana parishes. FEMA Assistant Administrator, David Maurstad, says 60,000 homeowners who are currently in the high risk mandatory purchase area are moving to a low to moderate risk, which means flood insurance is no longer federally required by lenders and residents might be eligible for lower rates on their policy.

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Military Family Assistance Fund now helping veterans affected by flooding
Posted on 9/22/2016 12:16:00 PM.

The Military Family Assistance Fund, which was originally set up to support families when a National Guardsman was deployed overseas, is now helping veterans who were affected by the flooding. Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Col. Joey Strickland says the legislature modified the fund to help all veterans who have a financial need.

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