DISASTER RECOVERY

Plan and prepare for natural disasters, and seek help recovering when the disaster is over.

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Download DOTD’s app to see live road closure informationimage

Disaster assistance for your businessimage

Businesses can be just as adversely effected by natural disasters. moreSBA stands ready to offer assistance if you business has been damaged or destroyed, or if the disaster has impacted your business’s continuity. less

Returning Homeimage

Returning home can be both physically and mentally challenging. moreAbove all, use caution.You may be anxious to see your property but do not return to your home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials. less

Apply for disaster assistanceimage

DisasterAssistance.gov is the only place to apply online for assistance due to a disaster. moreYour disaster does NOT have to be federally declared to use the portal. less

Questions About the National Flood Insurance Programimage

Non-technical documents which outline how the National Flood Insurance Program works, and what to do in the event of a flood.

Louisiana State Animal Response Teamimage

Find out how you can help Louisiana animals who have been displaced due to flooding.

Second Harvest Food Bankimage

Second Harvest provides food to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes. moreOne in six households in Louisiana is at risk of hunger.Across our state and region, the rising cost of food, housing, and utilities, coupled with high unemployment and low-wage jobs have increased the need for emergency food assistance. less

GNO Urban Water Management Projectsimage

In 2010, the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit funded Greater New Orleans, Inc. more(GNO, Inc.) to develop the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan for the east banks of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes and St.Bernard Parish using federal Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.New Orleans firm Waggonner and Ball led a team of local and international water management experts in developing the Urban Water Plan, downloadable from this site . less

Louisiana FEMA Flood Mapsimage

Flood advisory maps from FEMA including interactive tool to understand Flood Maps and Flood Insurance ratings.

Recovery by the Numbers (.pdf)image

This set of graphs from the Times Picayune shows recovery numbers including population for hurricane-affected regions, school enrollment, storm protection, hotel capacity, and more&#46

Recovery Zonesimage

These Times Picayune graphics detail the recovery zones targeted by the city’s recovery plan.

Disaster Assistance Denial Letter Appeal

Applicants who were denied housing or other assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program have 60 days from the date on their denial letter to appeal. moreAppeals must be made in writing and sent to:

FEMA Individuals and Households Program
National Processing Service Center
P.O.Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055 less

Moving Back Home Checklist (.pdf)image

Read through this list of questions to assist you in better planning your return.

Louisiana Hurricane Impact Atlas (.pdf)image

This document presents maps and graphics created by the Louisiana Geographic Information Center (LAGIC) during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-Up of Flooded Homes (.pdf)image

Download this illustrated step-by-step instructional guide for do-it-yourselfers and contractors. moreYou can also order a free copy by calling 585-327-5530less


FEMA Information

Download DOTD’s app to see live road closure informationimage

Disaster assistance for your businessimage

Businesses can be just as adversely effected by natural disasters. moreSBA stands ready to offer assistance if you business has been damaged or destroyed, or if the disaster has impacted your business’s continuity. less

Returning Homeimage

Returning home can be both physically and mentally challenging. moreAbove all, use caution.You may be anxious to see your property but do not return to your home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials. less

Apply for disaster assistanceimage

DisasterAssistance.gov is the only place to apply online for assistance due to a disaster. moreYour disaster does NOT have to be federally declared to use the portal. less

Questions About the National Flood Insurance Programimage

Non-technical documents which outline how the National Flood Insurance Program works, and what to do in the event of a flood.

Louisiana State Animal Response Teamimage

Find out how you can help Louisiana animals who have been displaced due to flooding.

Rebuild Louisianaimage

This site, run by the State, Fema, DHAP, HMGP and many other acronyms, tracks and reports spending by FEMA in disaster-effected areas.

FEMA Housing Portalimage

This portal is a listing of housing resources throughout Louisiana. moreCall 1-(888) 294-2822, Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.or visit the website.Landlords are encouraged to include available apartments or houses on the list by calling 1-(888) 294-2822. less

Base Flood Elevationimage

Detailed information about what BFE is and what it means to a homeowner who is rebuilding.

FEMAAnswers.orgimage

This site is not affiliated with FEMA but provides information about navigating the FEMA system.


Recovery Assistance

Returning Homeimage

Returning home can be both physically and mentally challenging. moreAbove all, use caution.You may be anxious to see your property but do not return to your home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials. less

Second Harvest Food Bankimage

Second Harvest provides food to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes. moreOne in six households in Louisiana is at risk of hunger.Across our state and region, the rising cost of food, housing, and utilities, coupled with high unemployment and low-wage jobs have increased the need for emergency food assistance. less

Habitat for Humanity: A Brush with Kindness Programimage

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) is addressing blight throughout their new A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) program. moreABWK is an exterior home preservation service that provides painting, landscaping and minor repair services for homeowners in need.It helps low-income homeowners with the exterior of their homes.ABWK volunteers will help homeowners with exterior painting, exterior handicap ramps and other accessibility needs, minor exterior repairs, yard-clean-up& landscaping, and sidewalk repairs. less

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Programimage

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for individuals and families to purchase their own home through their First Time Homebuyers Program. moreYou can call (504) 609-3340 to make an appointment to determine if requirements are met and schedule an assessment. less

New Orleans Family Justice Centerimage

New Orleans Family Justice Center is a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking through prevention and coordinated response by providing comprehensive client-centered, empowerment services in a single location. moreThewhere we all work y work to meet the needs of family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking survivors through comprehensive and accessible services, education and perpetrator-accountability. less

Boy’s Hope Girl’s Hope of New Orleansimage

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans provides children in need between the ages of 10 and 18 with a stable home, positive parenting, high-quality education, and the support needed to reach their full potential.

Road Home Appealsimage

The LRA has agreed to reopen appeals for applicants who believe their Road Home appeal was lost in the shuffle, or that they were never able to exercise their right to appeal because their case was stuck in “Dispute Resolution.” more

The LRA and OCD will review these cases to ensure that homeowners received due process under the Road Home and that cases did not fall through the cracks.

For your case to be considered, you can do one of three things:
Note the suggestions from the Citizens Road Home Action Team (CHAT)
  • Email info@louisianarecoveryauthority.org with “Road Home Appeal” in the subject line
    CHAT suggests that you cc: chatlra@yahoo.com to send a copy to them for the record
  • Call (225) 342-1700 to find out how to request an appeal
    CHAT suggests that you DO NOT CALL – operators are not familiar with appeals at this time
  • Mail a letter to:
    Louisiana Recovery Authority
    ATTN: Ty Larkins
    150 Third Street, Suite 200
    Baton Rouge, LA, 70801
    (certified mail is best; save the receipt)
    CHAT suggests that you fax a copy to them at 504-988-1763 for the record
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Road Home Mitigation Grantimage

The Road Home mitigation grant program, which has not yet been finalized, will offer up to $7500 to homeowners for storm protection improvements. moreThis grant is available to all homeowners, including those with no storm damage.You must complete the full Road Home application process to be eligible for this grant. less

How to file for post-hurricane financial aidimage

A thorough explanation of the process of filing for financial aid presented by Bankrate.com. moreThis site takes you through four phases of financial recovery and offers additional options for financial aid. less


BP Oil Spill Resources

GNOF fund for those hurt by the Oil Spillimage

The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) has created a Gulf Oil Spill Fund to gather money together to help people directly affected by the spill.


Recovery Projects

New Orleans Master Planimage

The City’s new Master Plan is now available online. moreLooking beyond the rebuilding process, New Orleans is now focusing on its long-term future by creating a zoning code to guide its development over the next twenty years&#46 The Master Plan is scheduled for completion by June 2009 with a final draft of the ‘Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance’ to go through the official public hearing and adoption process at the City Planning Commission and the City Council.

Visit the website for more information and to download the plan or call the City Planning Commission at 504.658.7033.

Copies of the plan are also available for reading at the following locations: * City Planning Commission office, 1340 Poydras St., ninth floor;
* Algiers Regional Branch Library, 3014 Holiday Drive;
* Alvar Branch Library, 913 Alvar St.;
* Lakeview Branch Library, 6317 Argonne Blvd.;
* Latter Branch Library, 5120 St.Charles Ave.;
* Mid-City Branch Library, 330 N. Carrollton Ave.;
* Einstein Charter School Branch Library, 5100 Cannes St.;
* Nonprofit Central, 1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.;
* Neighborhoods Partnership Network office, 3500 Canal St., second floor;
* Nix Branch Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave.;
* Louisiana Collection in the University of New Orleans’ Earl K. Long Library, on the Lakefront campus;
* East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission office, 6600 Plaza Drive, Suite 200;
* Main Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave.;
* Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Network Association, 1120 Lamanche St.
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Reinventing the Crescent: New Orleans Riverfront Development Plansimage

This nola&#46com flash animation highlights the proposed developments along the Mississippi Riverfront&#46

NORA Community Improvement Planningimage

The Community Improvement Planning process is the mechanism that NORA will utilize to revitalize and rebuild New Orleans’ flood damaged neighborhoods. moreThis online map features detailed map and profile of each of the 13 Community Improvement Planning Areas. less

New Orleans Street Repairsimage

This site provides residents a way to search and view planned and in-progress street repairs around the city.

Recovery Projects Interactive Mapimage

This online map provides information about the dozens of infrastructure rebuilding projects currently underway by the City of New Orleans’ Office of Recovery and Development Administration. moreSearch for specific projects or projects within a specific area of the city. less