May 30, 2013 8:13 AM
Hurricane season starts June 1st, and it's never too early to get prepared. The government has many helpful tools to assist with getting a plan of action together. Check out these sites for more information.
Louisiana Gov: getagameplan.org/
January 16, 2013 7:30 PM
The cleanup continues nearly one week after heavy rain flooded parts of Acadiana.
Residents and business owners are looking for assistance and now, FEMA may step in soon.
"It's never flooded, especially in this area."
The flooding caught Terry LeBlue off-guard. She lives in Crowley off of... more »
November 27, 2012 7:11 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - If Hurricane Isaac damaged your uninsured or under-insured property, you have until Thursday evening to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Louisiana residents can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, via smartphone at m.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711... more »
September 25, 2012 7:48 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Nearly 26,000 people have received individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Isaac, aid totaling $88 million. FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Monday. The tallies are likely to rise, as the federal agency continues to review applications for assistance... more »
July 28, 2012 1:26 PM
A Breaux Bridge student is gearing up for the trip of a lifetime.
Thirteen year old Dorian Gregory was selected for the first-ever FEMA Youth Preparedness Council in Washington D.C. "I was like so very excited and amazed to be chosen out of 125 people, it's a great honor."... more »
June 22, 2012 6:21 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided the state with another $1 million for repairs to the Superdome to cover Hurricane Katrina-related damage. Superdome spokesman Eric Egan said that the funds, disbursed to the Louisiana Office of Facilities Planning and Control, were only recently approved for... more »
June 5, 2012 6:35 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says nearly $8 million in consolidated funding has been set aside for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, allowing the private, nonprofit to construct their new animal control facility on higher ground. The Louisiana SPCA's facility, which... more »
May 25, 2012 6:19 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing another $9.2 million to help southeast Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina. St. Bernard Parish is getting back $1.4 million spent to demolish and remove thousands of houses that couldn't be repaired after the 2005 storm. The largest grants are... more »
May 22, 2012 6:44 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has come up with $103,000 to help replace contents of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Following the 2005 storm, the basement of the courthouse flooded, destroying the contents of court offices, including the Judicial Administration Office... more »
May 2, 2012 5:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $148 million in additional Hurricane Katrina recovery funding to the St. Bernard Parish school board. FEMA said the grant award announced Tuesday brings the total amount of federal funds awarded to the school board after the 2005... more »
March 30, 2012 9:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Calcasieu and Iberville parishes are getting $3.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help protect the two parishes from hurricanes. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Iberville is getting $2.2 million to upgrade sewer and wastewater systems to better handle flooding. The money will be... more »
March 22, 2012 7:35 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A LaPlace woman has been charged with fraudulently receiving more than $28,000 in federal aid following Hurricane Gustav in 2008. A court filing Tuesday charges 33-year-old Shanette Raquell Kennard with one count of theft of government funds. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in... more »
January 23, 2012 10:44 PM
A handful of hurricanes over the past five years almost destroyed Erath Middle and Erath High Schools. The Vermilion Parish School Board enters phase one of a plan that may prevent future flooding.
"Hurricane Rita did a lot of damage." Superintendent Randy Shexnayder says, "and then Ike, with the... more »
September 22, 2011 11:14 PM
FEMA released new flood maps Thursday, which have been in the making since February 2008. And now Lafayette Consolidated Government has accepted the revised maps.
Thursday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm residents were invited to attend an open house at the Southside Public Library to view the maps... more »
June 28, 2011 9:30 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Federal Emergency Management Agency grants totaling $7.9 million will be used to elevate 45 homes in Terrebonne Parish. The money was given to Terrebonne Parish last week to raise homes that have been flooded repeatedly or were substantially damaged by flooding during hurricanes Gustav and Ike.... more »
June 27, 2011 11:31 PM
The mayor of Washington is under fire by State government for money given to the town to pay for Katrina evacuees. But Mayor Joe Pitre isn't backing down, and his citizens are standing behind him.
After Hurricane Katrina, the small town of Washington was flooded with evacuees.
"There... more »
June 15, 2011 9:22 AM
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - St. Bernard Parish has been given $5.4 million to replace water meters damaged after Hurricane Katrina. The funding, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, reimburses the parish for the cost of fitting out new meters. Water driven by Katrina flooded almost all of the New Orleans... more »
May 31, 2011 12:18 AM
For the Breaux family in Butte La Rose, Memorial Day was more like move-in day. When the mandatory evacuation went into effect for their area last week, the Breaux's packed up almost everything in their home because their flood insurance only covers the structure, not the contents of their house.... more »
May 14, 2011 11:31 PM
PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) - The first families began moving Saturday into new white FEMA trailers set up for tornado victims on U.S. 43 in Franklin County, near the storm-ravaged towns of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg. Democratic state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay said five families were moving... more »
January 20, 2011 9:49 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Companies that manufactured mobile homes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina are nearing a settlement to resolve thousands of claims that the emergency shelters exposed Gulf Coast storm victims to potentially dangerous fumes, court records show. A proposed class-action settlement involving about two... more »
December 30, 2010 9:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The era of the FEMA trailer - a symbol of the prolonged rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina - might be drawing to a close in New Orleans. Citing the remaining 221 trailers as blight, New Orleans officials have told the last remaining residents to be out by... more »
December 27, 2010 3:41 PM
From the Department of Homeland Security: Vermilion Parish homeowners, business and residential renters, and business owners who do not have flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect.
New flood maps become effective on... more »
November 5, 2010 3:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced more than $19.2 millionin federal aid for two schools in Cameron Parish.
This recent FEMA funding includes approximately $17 million to rebuild Johnson Bayou High School in Cameron, La. Storm surge flooding associated with Hurricane Ike destroyed the K-12... more »
October 26, 2010 3:26 PM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today more than $21.8 million for 12 recovery projects in Louisiana. These federal dollars include the funding for the reconstruction, repair or content replacement for damages associated with hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The 12 projects include:
· Facility Planning and Control, State of... more »
October 21, 2010 5:50 PM
VERMILION PARISH, La. - Vermilion Parish property owners without flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect on January 19, 2011.
The latest flood hazard maps, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMS),... more »
October 21, 2010 5:45 PM
ST. MARTIN PARISH, La. - St. Martin Parish property owners without flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect on November 4, 2010.
The latest flood hazard maps, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate... more »
October 14, 2010 6:01 PM
Hurricane Rita destroyed South Cameron High School in 2005 and today was the school's grand opening ceremony.
FEMA has provided more than $28.0 million to the Cameron Parish School Board toward projects relating to this school.
KATC's Shawn Kline was there and will share their story at 10.... more »
September 21, 2010 9:38 AM
NEW ORLEANS - It's time to get rid of nearly 260 FEMA trailers remaining of the 23,300 installed after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans five years ago, several City Council members say. The trailers spoil the city's image of recovery, Housing and Human Needs Committee members agreed during Monday night's... more »
August 19, 2010 7:45 PM
Some Vermilion Parish homeowners are struggling with a huge financial decision. Thursday afternoon, The Office of Community Development held a meeting in Abbeville to try to resolve a debate between 540 people across Louisiana and State officials.
It all started in 2008, after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, when residents... more »
August 13, 2010 5:23 PM
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro has signed the paperwork needed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the agency to forgive an $18 million Community Disaster Loan granted after Hurricane Katrina. According to a Friday news release, Craig Fenton, a loan analyst working with FEMA,... more »
July 8, 2010 6:23 PM
One of the biggest health concerns after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was high formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers. But since then, the fear of becoming sick in the trailers has vanished with a good bargain.
300 FEMA trailers now fill the old Evangeline Downs Race Track in Carencro. Anxious... more »
June 28, 2010 8:15 PM
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he bilked the government out of more than $30,000 by claiming he suffered through three devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes, a tornado in Indiana and flooding in New Hampshire - all while living in Atlanta. Prosecutors charged Desima James,... more »
June 16, 2010 6:32 PM
Slemco costumers are seeing a new charge on their bill. It's called "Gustav-Ike Storm-Rider" and is suppose to help the electric company replenish funds used during those 2008 hurricanes.
Communications Manager at Slemco, Mary Laurent, says other electric companies implement charges like this after storms all the time. But,... more »
April 8, 2010 12:53 PM
The Scott Fire Department is getting much needed new gear through FEMA, after one of their own was injured on the job.
Last year a firefighter received 2nd and 3rd-degree burns while putting out a fire, and the Department realized they needed to get new gear-- but could not... more »
December 23, 2009 5:34 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the Governor's request for a 12-month extension to the Direct Assistance provided for temporary housing has been granted for eligible hurricane Ike and Gustav individuals and families. The program was originally slated to end March 2010 but has... more »
December 2, 2009 2:36 PM
GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center will host a public auction of about 400 FEMA trailers and mobile homes beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, parish officials said Tuesday. The auction is a small part of Ascension Parish government's developing strategy to find revenue-producing events for the equestrian and... more »
November 11, 2009 12:25 PM
Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Randy Schexnayder is taking his mission to Washington DC. Today, he met with Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter to try to get FEMA funds to build a flood wall for E. Broussard Elementary in Forked Island. After four years of no recess equipment for students,... more »
October 15, 2009 7:37 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, who accused former President George W. Bush of leading a government "that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns," is hearing directly from New Orleans residents who have struggled to rebuild their city since the 2005 hurricane season. Obama arrives in... more »
October 2, 2009 2:06 PM
As Louisiana families transition from their FEMA temporary housing unit (THU) to a permanent, long term home, FEMA has an updated telephone number to assist these residents who need to have their unit deactivated. Call 1-225-389-5732. This telephone number is for FEMA temporary housing unit deactivation requests in Louisiana associated... more »
September 24, 2009 8:09 AM
State Police have released the identity of the victim killed in a hit and run incident. 38-year-old Benjamin Lewis from Houston, Texas was discovered in the 37-hundred block of Verot School Road between Fortune Road and Highway 92. State Police believe the vehicle came from the north bound lane of... more »
September 21, 2009 3:29 PM
PATTERSON - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal awarded four grants totaling $24,331,770 to St. Mary Parish that will go towards hurricane recovery, hazard mitigation and infrastructure improvements. Governor Jindal awarded the funds to local officials in a ceremonial check presentation during a townhall meeting in Patterson as part of his "Louisiana... more »