The Louisiana REALTORS® Relief Fund has been activated and will assist those that have experienced damages and loss. The fund can also actively accept additional contributions with 100% of all funds collected going to disaster relief causes. Please click here to make a donation: https://squareup.com/store/la-realtors-relief-fund
To assist in the process of repairing your life and your home after disaster strikes, we have complied a list of helpful information you may need in the coming months.
Louisiana REALTORS® Flood & Disaster Information Session Recording & Materials:
How your FEMA Claims process will work:
If you are interested in volunteering to help bring aid to Louisiana residents affected by last weekend's historic flooding, please visit the following websites:
Additionally, Jessica Carroll is collecting old towels, blankets, pillows, mattress covers and sheets for the LA SPCA - they will be used for bedding for the dogs that are at the shelters - some dogs are waiting for their owners to come find them, and some dogs are permanently homeless and will be filtered in to the SPCA's adoption program. Regardless of their circumstance, the dogs are in chain link pens with tarp roofs right now, and anything soft for them to sleep on is appreciated. She works out of the Latter and Blum Lakefront office, and her managing broker, Bill Bliss, is allowing donations to come to her office, which is located at 7039 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124.
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To check a list of current weather alerts with related watches and warnings, click here: https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/la.php?x=1
To access a list of area shelters that are open by parish, click here: http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/list-of-shelters-open-by-parish/296624579
Please visit the Louisiana Emergency website for a complete list of up-to-date information as well as pertinent links to various disaster relief programs: http://emergency.louisiana.gov/
To access the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, click here: http://gohsep.la.gov/
Protect your Property document from Louisiana Appleseed and Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance:
If you know someone without flood insurance, FEMA's disaster relief program provides grants and loans. FEMA's disaster relief number is (800) 621-3362.
Most flood insurance departments are not open on the weekend.
If you DO HAVE flood insurance, here are a few helpful flood claims numbers:
Allstate (800) 527-2634 or (866) 747-1603
American Bankers/ Assurant (800) 423-4403
Bankers Insurance Group (800) 627-0000 ext 4704
Liberty Mutual (800) 225-2467
State Farm (800) 782-8332
The following companies share the same claims response number: (877) 486-7736
FEMA: Flood Insurance Manual effective April 1, 2016: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/115549
Instructions for the Flood Claim process: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1454965506940-fabb104bfd871fd94e3c6ce5e3d59e19/NFIP_Flood_Claim_Process.pdf
FEMA and Federal Aid:
Please click here to see a summary of the Federal Aid for Louisiana Flood Victims: http://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/summary-of-federal-aid-for-louisiana-flood-victims#.V7EFglCSrUw.facebook
Click here to view the Louisiana disaster page from FEMA: http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=femagov_hp
After the waters have gone down:
The first 24 hours after the floodwaters recede are crucial to salvaging the most of your home. For a breakdown of what exactly needs to be done, please click here: https://www.houselogic.com/finances-taxes/home-insurance/what-do-first-24-hours-after-flood/
When it comes time to assess the damage, you MUST remember that if you have to pull up flooring and file an insurance claim, be sure to leave at least one square foot of flooring with the underlayment in each room affected. This is so the insurance adjuster can see what type of flooring is being replaced and give you the most accurate reimbursement based on your specific home. If this is not done, the adjuster will not be able to give you the best reimbursement. Check with the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors before you hire ANYONE to repair the damage. There are rules and laws in place specifically to help you. http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/
When hiring a contractor, it is imperative that you use a licensed and insured contractor. Use these tips when hiring someone to repair your flood damage.