• Through Disaster Experience
    KNOWLEDGE GAINED
  • For every path there's a road block of bureaucracy
    THE REAL DEAL
  • Our paths although different still meet at the waters edge.
    THE ROAD TRAVELED
  • Victims of Disasters see difficulties from ground level.
    A DIFFERENT VIEW

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

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.

  • Mr. Murray Wennerlund Restore Louisiana Public Comments Feb. 12, 2019 LA state capitol
    Murray Wennerlund

    Speaking out during the Public Comment period for Action Plan Amendment 11 with focus on "Seed" funding of state projects from Homeowners Assistance grant funds which US Taxpayers funded.

  • September 28, 2016 RESTORE LOUISIANA TASK FORCE MINUTES
    Contributor

    Louisiana State Capitol, House Committee Room 5

  • October 14, 2016 RESTORE LOUISIANA TASK FORCE DRAFTED MINUTES
    Contributor

    Louisiana State Capitol, House Committee Room 5 DRAFTED MINUTES

  • Homeowner with Zero Grant Award Calculation sent Zero Grant Award Letter with line, "Wait for SBA Bailout Fix"
    Contributor

    Ms. Smith did everything right after the 2016 floods in Louisiana. Her family collected every dime they had, used insurance and took an SBA Disaster loan to rebuild their home. Their home was completed before they leaned about HUD CDBG-DR grants.

  • State of Louisiana OCD-DRU tells homeowners to start using CTA for answers.
    Murray Wennerlund

    This comes after months of fighting between homeowners and their point of contact CTA at the IEM offices for recovery information. Many CTAs where told by management not to communicate with homeowners while others simply ignored the homeowner.

  • Mr. Jim Tucker, Representing Tucker Properties Restore Louisiana Public Comments June 9, 2017 LA state capitol
    Contributor

    The Difficulties our For Profit sectors faced after the 2016 floods in Louisiana are best learned by listening to the for profit business owners. Can we in the long term afford to only grant funds to Opportunity Zones that have had 20 years failed growth

  • Ms. Paula Collins Restore Louisiana Public Comments June 9, 2017 LA state capitol RM 1
    Contributor

    The Difficulties Homeowners and families faced during and shortly after the 2016 floods in Louisiana are best learned by listening to the disaster surveyor.

  • Ms. Charlette Minor Restore Louisiana Public Comments June 9, 2017 LA state capitol RM 1
    Contributor

    The Difficulties we all face are often best learned directly from the victims of the disaster and in their own words.

  • Mr. Knapp BRAC lobbies OCD-DRU Director and Task Force members to use TWIG for Watershed management
    Contributor

    Patrick Forbes received an email that he may have not seen coming. A request by a Restore Louisiana Task Force Member Adam Knapp asking to invest 10 million into the Not for Profit group called The Watershed Institute Group or TWIG for short.

  • Restore Louisiana Task Force approves using Homeowners HUD grants as Seed Money for State mitigation projects
    Murray Wennerlund

    Many never heard it coming, others actually knew since July of 2018 that the program that was once designed to help homeowners would be used to fund state mitigation projects directly or indirectly. This time its direct, state asks for SEED Money!

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