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									     Vol. I, Issue 7
    Louisiana
December 20, 2005       Temporary Housing Assistance
  Vol. 1, Issue 7
                        Several programs are avail-
                        able to help displaced Louisi-
                        ana residents adjust to tempo-
                        rary housing and surround-
   Published by the     ings. This issue contains sev-
 U.S. Department of     eral programs including the
 Homeland Security/     Louisiana “Call for Assis-
                        tance” number, 2-1-1, the
    FEMA and the
                        Louisiana Economic Devel-
  State of Louisiana    opment business assistance
                        center, as well information
                        about what to expect at a tem-
                        porary living center, a list of
                        issues that government and
                        voluntary agencies can help
                        with and details about the
                        Louisiana Recovery Corps,
                        which delivers humanitarian
                        service to displaced Louisian-
                        ians throughout the state.
                        Be sure to save page four
                                                            Children displaced by Hurricane Katrina play basketball near temporary housing
                        which has important phone           in Baker. FEMA photo by Marvin Nauman
                        numbers and websites where
                        information can be accessed.

 For disaster-related
  information, visit    Helping Children Cope After the Disaster
    www.fema.gov        In the aftermath of this year’s hur-    cule their fears. Acknowledge that      are doable for them. Don’t ask
 www.louisiana.gov      ricanes and flooding, there are a       being frightened is okay.               them to take on more than they
                        number of things parents and                                                    are able to accomplish success-
                        caregivers can do to reduce                 Prepare children before visit-      fully. Keep to your usual routines
                        children’s fear and anxiety:            ing your hurricane-damaged              as much as possible.
                                                                home and neighborhood. Explain,
                            Take children’s concerns seri-      in age-appropriate terms, before           Communication, reassurance
                        ously. If they can’t talk about their   the visit, the destruction they may     and patience are keys to helping
                        feelings, encourage them to draw        see. Be sure of the structure’s         children emotionally recover
   Apply by phone       pictures or make up stories or po-      soundness before entering and           from the disaster.
(800) 621-FEMA(3362)    ems to express how they are feel-       steer clear of broken glass and
  TTY:(800) 462-7585    ing.                                    other debris when moving                     You are not alone.
                                                                through the home.                              If you feel sad,
                            Let them know you want to
 Call 24 hours a day    help. Be a patient listener, no mat-        Make children feel they are a         stressed or angry about
 seven days a week      ter how tough it may be. Be hon-        part of the effort to return things      what has happened to you,
                        est and open discussing the inci-       to normal. Include them in con-                     Call
                        dent in age-appropriate terms.          versations about what needs to be         1-800-273-TALK (8255)
                                                                done. Enlist their help in tasks that
                            Reassure children; never ridi-                                                 for more information.
Help for Businesses                                                            Undocumented Immigrants and
The Louisiana Economic Development (LED) has established                            FEMA Assistance
Business Assistance Centers for small businesses impacted by
Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita. The centers, staffed by volunteer         Undocumented immigrants              another adult household mem-
economic development professionals, federal and state govern-             may be eligible for FEMA as-         ber who may qualify the house-
ment representatives, local economic developers, and private vol-         sistance programs such as cri-       hold for assistance.
unteer consultants provide a central location to receive sustain-         sis counseling, disaster legal
                                                                          services, and/or other short-        Even if you or your family does
able business planning assistance and recovery information. Ser-                                               not qualify for the FEMA Indi-
                                                                          term, non-cash, emergency aid
vices are free. LED is there to help business people who own or                                                viduals and Households Pro-
                                                                          as a result of the recent hurri-
represent businesses in LED areas with everything from federal                                                 gram, call FEMA at 1-800-621-
                                                                          canes storms and flooding. Un-
aid packages to SBA applications, and from business relocation            documented immigrants are not        3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY
tools to business contracts. For more information about LED, call         personally eligible for FEMA         for hearing/speech-impaired)
866-310-7617 or visit www.LEDforward.louisiana.gov.                       cash assistance programs (Indi-      for information and to be re-
                                                                          viduals and Households Pro-          ferred to other programs that
                                                                          gram), but may apply on behalf       can assist you regardless of
 Louisiana Economic Development (LED)                                                                          your immigration status.
                                                                          of their U.S. citizen children, or
  Business Assistance Center Locations

        Baton Rouge, Covington
     Houma, Lake Charles, Metairie
             New Orleans
                                                                                    Factors considered when
                                                                                    matching housing needs to
                  led.louisiana.gov                                                 available housing options:
                   1-866-310-7617
                                                                            ❑ The age and number of people in the primary family
                                                                            ❑ The medical and educational needs of family members
Temporary Housing Update                                                    ❑ The employment needs and specific skills within the
More than 1.2 million people are displaced because of Hurricanes                family
Katrina and Rita. As Recovery Times went to press, the number of            ❑ Pre-storm status (homeowner, renter, public housing)
temporary housing units ready for occupancy was more than 40,000
throughout the affected Gulf states.                                        ❑ Whether related family members should be co-
                                                                                located to assist in the relocation and recovery
In Louisiana, 30 parishes have temporary housing in the form of
travel trailer (RV) parks. As of Dec. 13, nearly 17,000 travel trailers
and mobile homes on private industry, group and commercial sites
were occupied. Specific service trailer parks are designated for work-
ers who provide essential services such as law enforcement and fire
suppression. In addition, in some locations, homeowners can place
                                                                          Call 2-1-1 for
trailers on private property while they clean or rebuild.                 Disaster-related
Temporary housing is also available in 2,320 cruise ship units; 10,888    Assistance
hotel rooms; and 2,881 units of federal housing provided by the U.S.
                                                                          The one-stop number for disas-
Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. De-                                                        Recovery Times is published
                                                                          ter-related assistance is 2-1-1.
partment of Agriculture.                                                                                                        by the
                                                                          Referral specialists work from a         U.S. Department of Homeland
                                                                          database of services available           Security’s Federal Emergency
Facilities have been established on several industrial sites to house
                                                                          from private and public health                Management Agency
employees and their families in travel trailers provided by FEMA.                                                              and the
                                                                          and human service agencies that
This type of housing is crucial to disaster recovery as businesses try                                             Louisiana Office of Homeland
                                                                          are matched to callers’ needs.
to resume work. As of Dec. 13, there were 3,537 units at industrial                                                   Security and Emergency
                                                                          Information is available for ser-                 Preparedness
locations. These sites, like any other RV park, must adhere to envi-
                                                                          vices for everyone from babies                   with help from
ronmental review before being approved.
                                                                          to seniors. Referrals include           other federal, state and voluntary
                                                                          health and human services, job                      agencies.
More information on securing an industrial site is available through
                                                                          training and other educational
the Louisiana Economic Development, 1-866-310-7617 or (TTY)                                                                www.fema.gov
                                                                          programs, financial and transpor-                DR1603/1607
1-800-462-7585.
                                                                          tation assistance.
FEMA for Kids Web Site Entertains and Educates
Play games, enjoy stories, put together puzzles, go through mazes,          The Web site shows that disasters come in many shapes and sizes. Teaching
watch videos – welcome to FEMA for Kids, the Web site that is all fun       about the many kinds of disasters and how to prepare for them is the goal of
and games…sort of. Along with all the fun is good information that          the site. The site also has information about keeping family pets safe.
makes children and their families better prepared in the event of a         Stories from young people who have been through a disaster are
disaster.                                                                   highlighted and children of recent disasters can share their stories.
Meet Herman the Spokescrab and tag along on his search for a disaster-      FEMA for Kids is a tool for preparedness as well as for recovery.
proof shell. There’s Julia and Robbie, the Disaster Twins, who get into     In addition to learning through fun and play, there are resources for teachers
trouble wherever they go. This brother and sister get into and out of all   and parents. Educational materials are available for classroom or at home. To
sorts of close calls, learning along the way how to prepare for and avoid   access the website, go to www.fema.gov/kids and click on FEMA for Kids.
danger altogether.


Recovery Corps Coordinates
Aid from Nonprofits
The Louisiana Family Recovery         LFRC ensures services are not
Corps (LFRC), an independent          duplicated with those already
nonprofit, mobilizes and coordi-      available through current state
nates a network of Louisiana-         and federal resources. A system
based nonprofit organizations to      of referral services provided un-
deliver comprehensive humani-         der the Louisiana state and
tarian service to displaced Loui-     federal government programs
sianans throughout the state.         are comprehensively managed
                                      through the LFRC centalized co-
LFRC contracts with Louisiana-        ordination center.
based nonprofits to deploy
trained individuals who work          For more information, contact
one-on-one with impacted indi-        LFRC at 225-387-6126; toll-free
viduals and families and main-        877-387-6126;
tain ongoing relationships with       www.recoverycorps.org.
families in need.



Household Hazardous Waste Requires                                                                 Make sure disaster aid goes
Special Treatment                                                                                   to those who deserve it.
More than one million pounds          products curbside in separated             If you know of someone making false claims for disaster
of household hazardous waste          piles. Leaking containers                    assistance or attempting to gain money illegally from
has been collected in Louisi-         should be put into plastic bags                         disaster victims, please call the
ana, the result of damage from        to prevent spills.                                         Hurricane Fraud Hotline:
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.                                                                           866-720-5721
Materials collected include           Items that will not be picked
cleaning products, fuel, paint,       up include animal manure and                            Disaster recovery assistance is
garden products, pesticides           carcasses, human waste, and                 available without regard to race, color, sex, religion,
and herbicides. Although safe         other biological items, needles,         national origin, age, disability or economic status. If you or
when stored under normal cir-         spoiled food or damaged items.           someone you know has been discriminated against, contact
cumstances, these products            The Environmental Protection                FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) TTY: 800-462-7585
cause environmental problems          Agency hotline provides tips                       or contact the state equal rights office.
when not disposed of properly.        on household hazardous waste,
                                      1-800-401-1327.                                      Disaster assistance is still available.
 Curbside collection and/or
drop-off locations have been          Report environmental hazards
established in affected par-          or incidents at 1-888-763-5424;                     Application deadline is Jan. 11, 2006.
ishes. Citizens should put elec-      (Baton Rouge: 225-219-3640).
tronics, batteries, computer          Visit the Louisiana Department                                     Call
                                                                                     1-800-621-FEMA (3362); TTY: 1-800-462-7585
hardware, paint, cleaning sol-        of Environmental Quality Web
                                                                                               or visit www.fema.gov.
vents and lawn and garden             site at www.deq.louisiana.gov.
                Important Contacts
                                                                                                        Address ____________________________
                FEMA
                (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or
                (800) 462-7585 (TTY)                                                                    Police                __________________
                www.fema.gov
                                                                                                        Fire                  __________________
                SBA Disaster Helpline
                (800) 659-2955                                                                          Ambulance             __________________
                Crisis Counseling
                                                                                                        Urgent Care           __________________
                (800) 273-8255 or (866) 615-8700

                Housing Assistance Hotline
                                                                                                        Hospital              __________________
                (800) 762-8740 (TTY 1-800-462-7585)
                daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST                                                         Doctor                __________________

                American Red Cross                                                                      Pharmacy              __________________
                (866) 438-4636
                                                                                                        Poison Control__________________
                American Red Cross Financial Assistance
                (800) 975-7585
                                                                                                        Building Permits/Codes_________________
                Salvation Army
                (800) 725-2769                                                                          __________________ _________________
CLIP AND SAVE




                Disaster Legal Services                                                                 __________________ __________________
                (800) 310-7029

                Department of Social Services
                Disaster Support Line              Important Louisiana Web Sites
                (888) 524-3578                     City of New Orleans Information Hotline:
                                                   (877) 286-6431 ......................................................................... www.cityofno.com
                Find Family National               City of Lake Charles ................................................................ www.cityoflakecharles.com
                Call Center                        Office of the Governor ............................................................ www.gov.louisiana.gov
                (866) 326-9393                     Hurricane Katrina Web site ..................................................... www.katrina.louisiana.gov
                                                   Department of Agriculture and Forestry ................................ www.ldaf.louisiana.gov
                U.S. Postal Service                Office of the Attorney General ............................................... www.ag.state.la.us
                (800) 275-8777                     Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism .................. www.crt.louisiana.gov
                                                   Department of Health and Hospitals ...................................... www.dhh.louisiana.gov
                                                   Department of Revenue ........................................................... www.revenue.louisiana.gov
                Social Security
                                                   Department of Natural Resources .......................................... www.dnr.louisiana.gov
                (800) 772-1213
                                                   Office of the Secretary of State .............................................. www.sos.louisiana.gov
                (800) 325-0778 (TTY)               Department of Social Services ................................................ www.dss.louisiana.gov
                                                   Department of Transportation and Development .................. www.dotd.louisiana.gov
                For information on …               Department of the Treasury .................................................... www.treasury.louisiana.gov
                Shelters, food, clothing,          Department of Wildlife and Fisheries .................................... www.wlf.louisiana.gov
                baby items, health and             Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness ................ www.ohsep.louisiana.gov
                dental care dial 2-1-1             Office of Youth Development ................................................. www.oyd.louisiana.gov
                                                   Division of Administration ..................................................... www.doa.louisiana.gov
                                                   Department of Corrections ...................................................... www.doc.louisiana.gov
                                                   Department of Civil Service ................................................... www.dscs.louisiana.gov
                                                   Department of Education ........................................................ www.doe.louisiana.gov
                                                   Department of Public Safety ................................................... www.dps.louisiana.gov

								
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