Hurricane Katrina: Thirteen Years Later
Posted on 8/29/2018 4:58:00 AM.

Today marks the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which slammed into southeast Louisiana as a Category three storm, killing over 1,000 people along the Gulf Coast and leaving much of New Orleans area under water for days. Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness spokesperson, Mike Steele, says Katrina was a milestone event for emergency planners.
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Hurricane Katrina, GOHSEP, New Orleans, Hurricane Season, FEMA

20,000 flood victims did not seek recovery aid
Posted on 8/14/2018 4:41:00 AM.

20,000 homeowners who suffered major flood damage in 2016 did not complete a short survey to see if they were eligible for the 1.3 billion dollars in federal recovery aid. Anyone who suffered one foot of flooding or at least 8,000 dollars’ worth of damage was eligible to potentially receive RESTORE grants.

Division of Administration Executive Director Pat Forbes says that’s despite a substantial media blitz and…
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Rep. Ralph Abraham votes against bill to overhaul US flood insurance program
Posted on 11/15/2017 11:03:00 AM.

The U.S. House passed a bill Tuesday to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program, allowing it to operate another five years and to update flood mapping requirements. Richland Parish Representative Ralph Abraham says he voted against the bill because he’s concerned about double digit premium increases.

Ralph Abraham, FEMA, national flood insurance program

Louisiana Senators vote to approve Harvey recovery funding
Posted on 9/8/2017 5:21:00 AM.

Both of Louisiana’s US Senators voted to appropriate $15 billion in disaster aid for victims of Harvey, which nearly doubles what President Donald Trump requested. Junior Senator John Kennedy says this federal funding will help our neighbors grapple with the destruction Harvey left behind.
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Gov Edwards pushes for changes to disaster grant program
Posted on 9/6/2017 12:30:00 PM.

In the wake of devastating storms with more on the way, Governor John Bel Edwards hopes to change the way disaster grants are awarded to impacted homeowners. Richard Carbo with the governor’s office says SBA loans are the only funding available immediately after a disaster, but they may not be the best option.
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Richard Carbo, John Bel Edwards, FEMA, Restore Louisiana

Gov Edwards to meet with FEMA Administrator Brock Long
Posted on 8/22/2017 3:35:00 AM.

Today Governor John Bel Edwards is slated to meet with new FEMA Administrator Brock Long. The governor’s communications director Richard Carbo says Edwards would like to discuss how local, state, and federal authorities can partner to prepare the city of New Orleans for another devastating flood.
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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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