This page and this section of the website is dedicated to sharing disaster relief experience from the victims point of view and how we navigate the federal disaster assistance agencies.
Policy that concerns your disaster recovery
- Restore LA Program Info Exchange (Private Facebook.Com Group, ask to join.)
- Homeowner - Contractor (Private Facebook.Com Group for homeowners managing their construction projects)
- Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Homeowners understanding and guide to 2018 / 2019 DRRA
Find a group and get involved. You will hear stories about the Katrina days, the Sandy days but those are nothing when you compare the big business of today's disaster recovery processes and policy. From the Louisiana Floods of 2016, Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, California, Wisconsin, Illinois and more. It's easier to track by disaster number starting with DR-4263 to what disaster people are attempting to recover from today.
To make your experience with recovery a positive one we have to start off with a couple of negatives.
1. DO NOT USE SBA Disaster Loans for anything other than business loans if you have a business. You should use private banks and private lenders before any federal assistance is offered to you in the form of a repayable loan.
2. FEMA IA Grants are good, get as much as you can, keep asking for more, food, shelter, get this done.
3. FEMA IHP Grants are also go but you must know how to spend the money and if you are unemployed and don't see employment in your near future skip this money, you will have to pay it back and it will not be easy if you do not spend it on just what it's designed to help with. Home structural repairs. Read more here.
As a group of suffering from the lack of planning and the unskilled government appointed members of our disaster recovery unit I can speak for hundreds when it comes to unprofessional and total chaos within a state that has its share of disasters. Each disaster new teams make up new rules and hire new sub-contractors for hundreds of millions. Currently we are fighting the unprofessional management shipped in from North Carolina after their limited money management for Sandy victims. I can say unprofessional because management actually talks about individuals in their offices and chain mails social media posts. Not to mention their construction teams making up policy as they go. Our storms were from 2016, their policy for our recovery is still being edited Oct. 2018 and wasn't on paper until 2018. So when IEM Inc. knocks at your recovery door when not ask some of us in Louisiana for a review of their employees starting from their operations directors and licensed contractors.
You'll find more information within this pages that will help you than any FEMA center. We'll share with you just what it takes to communicate with HUD, HUD Exchange and HUD OIG when you have to report issues and believe me when I say you will suffer from the issues for years if you don't call your state government out on everything that isn't logical. For us it's like a full time job just reading reports and correcting state level government issues before they report to HUD.
Solution 1 Reconstruction Homeowners Experience and Knowledge gained and documented version 126.96.36.199Contributor
Homeowners documenting policy and procedures of the Louisiana Homeowners Assistance Program for the great floods of 2016 have completed the next updated revision of the homeowners management guide to Solution 1 construction projects.
Solution 2 Reconstruction Homeowners Experience and Knowledge gained, researched and documented version 1.4.12Contributor
Homeowners documenting policy and procedures of the Louisiana Homeowners Assistance Program for the great floods of 2016 have completed the next updated revision of the homeowners management guide to Solution 2 construction projects.
Part II Pay Up or Get Out, You have not provided evidence that you are maintaining sufficient flood insurance.Murray Wennerlund
State of Louisiana OCD-DRU Directors Response to unfair policy enforcement: "...completely incorrect information and statements not based in current law or policy...". The letter that the state sent to flood victims is below. You have 30 days to comply.
Part IV Pay Up or Get Out, Flood Insurance HUD CDBG-DR Federal Policy, Laws, Rules, Guidance.Murray Wennerlund
State of Louisiana OCD-DRU Directors Response to unfair policy enforcement: "...completely incorrect information and statements not based in current law or policy...". Show related Federal Policy, after all, its hard to trust without transparency.
Part III Pay Up or Get Out, Flood Insurance Requirements Homeowners Assistance Program flyer version 3.1Murray Wennerlund
Did the State of Louisiana OCD-DRU forget to inform homeowners and grant recipients the correct amount of NFIP Flood insurance to carry to cover Program Costs? Why did a 30 day notice go out just 30 days after the unannounced policy change of 10-5-2018?
State of Louisiana Announces Pay Up Flood Insurance or Get Out of the RLHP Disaster Program!Murray Wennerlund
Notice to provide proof of insurance letters have been sent out to all Restore Homeowner Applicants eligible for Restore Louisiana HUD CDBG-DR Grant funds.
Hundreds of homeowners with SBA Duplication of Benefits may have been categorized incorrectly.Writers Pool
SBA Duplication of Benefits totaling near $55 million for Louisiana alone may have been counted against disaster victims but later changed by the SBA without updating state grantee datafeeds. This issue may also be relevant to other disasters since 2013.SBA Loans
August 2016 Floods DR-4277 came faster and earlier than reports that aired just hours earlierMurray Wennerlund
Never again will we second guess technology when we see rain gauges reading 22 or more inches. Never again will we think the river gauges are broken when they stop reporting and we will start thinking the gauges are underwater and its time to leave, now!
Restore LA Contractor IEM Inc. takes flood victims real-time, real-world issues as advice for Policy Change.Contributor
IEM Inc management in the Baton Rouge Recovery call center has taken steps in recent months to investigate how the recovery program policy affects flood victims. IEM Inc. managers joined private Facebook groups to collect homeowners personal information.Fact Check
IEM Inc. managing long term CDBG-DR disaster recovery fails to send policy change notices to flood victims.Murray Wennerlund
Since being awarded the contract to manage the taxpayer funded long term recovery program provided by HUD and CDBG-DR funds IEM Inc. has failed to keep disaster victims updated to policy and procedural changes. Communications and Transparency fail.Fact Check