BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center is opening Wednesday, August 31, in East Baton Rouge Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
The disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:
East Baton Rouge Parish Location:
Celtic Studios, 10000 Celtic Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday through Sunday)
To register with FEMA, go online with any computer, smartphone or tablet to DisasterAssistance.gov, call the FEMA Helpline, or download the FEMA mobile app. Help is available in most languages and the FEMA Helpline is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
Applying for the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program
The assistance program for homeowners affected by the 2016 floods has begun. We’ve outlined how the program works here, and more information is available on the FAQs page. In the meantime, we strongly encourage everyone whose home was damaged in the flood to take a brief survey by clicking here or calling (866) 735-2001 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The survey is the first step for all homeowners interested in assistance and very important to the state’s recovery effort moving forward. And please make sure you’ve signed up for email updates. That’s the quickest way to learn about new developments regarding the Restore program.
Louisiana Disaster Recovery Alliance Resource Guide to the Great Floods of 2016
The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Alliance (LDRA) is a consortium of Louisiana based private, community, and corporate foundations and donors that was founded to address issues of disaster recovery and resilience and reduce levels of risk and vulnerability across the state in the face of repetitive events. The purpose of this guide is to serve as a resource for Disaster Case Managers, Community Recovery Planning processes, and to point out the range of potential resources available or organizations with whom one might partner to affect recovery in the aftermath of the Great Floods of 2016. The information contained in this document was gathered from the websites of the organizations listed in the guide and from organizational representatives. The information taken from websites has not been vetted for accuracy. Links to websites are provided where they are available.
Disaster Case Management Program
Do you need assistance with recovery? The Disaster Case Management Program provides help for families still trying to recover from the 2016 floods. Contact this free service offered through the Louisiana Department of Health at (844) 581-2207 or DCMPinfo@la.gov. A downloadable information sheet is available here.
The program offers help with:
- Completing a detailed assessment of your disaster-related needs
- Developing a recovery plan
- Advocacy with FEMA, SBA or your insurance company
- Providing construction cost estimates for your home
- Advocating for assistance with repairing your home and other unmet disaster needs
- Locating available housing and assistance in stabilizing your housing situation
- Referring you to other disaster-recovery services
La. Congressional Delegation Contact Information
Click here for contact information when urging Louisiana’s congressional to support the state’s effort to secure additional flood-relief funding.
Homeowners in Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes who flooded and need help with title relief can find information here.
Rebuilding and storm clean-up resources
The LaHouse Resource Center, a division of the LSU Ag Center, has information on rebuilding storm-damaged homes, tips for cleaning up storm damage and frequently asked questions on mold cleanup and remediation.
FEMA Information – www.disasterassistance.gov
Small Business Administration (SBA) questions – Click here for more information.
Tips on Using a Contractor to Rebuild Your Home – Click here to read more about using a contractor to rebuild your home.
Business Recovery Resources
The U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and Louisiana Small Business Development Centers are partnering to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe storms and flooding. 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.
Tax Information & Filing and Payment Relief
Tax filing and payment relief are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business and critical tax records are in areas of the state declared federal disaster areas. The Department of Revenue also has posted to its website a list of frequently asked questions on potential tax issues related to disaster recovery. Click here for more information.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering help to Louisiana flood survivors and their families by making loans and hardship distributions available through their employer-sponsored retirement plans. This assistance is available to participants in 401(k) plans, employees of public schools and tax-exempt organizations with 403(b) tax-sheltered annuities, as well as state and local government employees with 457(b) deferred-compensation plans. To qualify for this relief, hardship withdrawals must be made by Jan. 17, 2017.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/laflood-irs.
Disaster Relief Contractors
Disaster Distress Helpline
If you are experiencing emotional distress due to the storm, call the National Disaster Distress Helpline. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).