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Louisiana Floods - March 2016
Louisiana Floods - March 2016
Severe storms and flooding devastated areas in Louisiana on March 8, 2016. The President made a major disaster declaration for Louisiana on March 13, 2016.
For DR 4263, the March severe storms and tornadoes, Individual and Household Assistance is available to those in Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Richland, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and Winn Parishes.
Disaster Legal Services has been implemented for these tornadoes, storms and flooding in Louisiana. The hotline number below applies to this activation. It is provided through FEMA under 44 CFR 206.164
Note: THE FEMA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MAY 13, 2016. Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO MAY 13, 2016.
Key resources for those affected by the storms and tornadoes:
Louisiana Legal Assistance Hotline: 1-800-310-7029
- SBA Disaster Loans are available for those who qualify.
- Free legal assistance available to storm survivors through a partnership between the the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Civil Justice Center, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Please see the press release for more information.
- Information to assist disaster survivors with general legal issues can be found by calling the state legal disaster hotline 1-800-310-7029.
- Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4263)
- Louisiana Disaster Insurance- assistance from the nonprofit United Policyholders about Insurance Claims and recovery
- Disaster Unemployment Benefits are available, even for self employed individuals.
- Tax Relief for Victims of Severe Storms and Flooding in Louisiana. They will have until July15, 2016 to file their 2015 tax returns and other forms/payments which had been due April 15th.
- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
- American Red Cross Shelter Locator
- Louisiana Office of the Governor
- Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management gives further information about this disaster and state programs available.
- FEMA Disaster Reporter: view pictures of the disaster either in a list view or off a zoomable street level map.
Residents and businesses affected by the March storms and flooding can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov.
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO FEMA IS MAY 13, 2016. YOU MUST PUT IN YOUR SBA APPLICATION BY MAY 13, 2016 TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE.
Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.
- If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
- You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
- Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster:
- Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicant