• 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.

  • 80 percent AMI LMI SBA Loan Declined households being told to find their own resources for disaster recovery.
    Contributor

    FACT CHECK: Q: I applied and was told that I was eligible for an SBA loan. How will this affect the grant award that I can receive through the Restore Louisiana Program?

    Fact Check
  • Restore Homeowners Assistance Program Discussion request: Approved SBA Loans declined by homeowners.
    Contributor

    The Restore.LA.Gov/FAQ regarding SBA Loans that were declined is not 100 accurate so I had sent an email to the listed director of Homeowner Assistance Programs Jeff Haley. He forwarded my request to discuss the issue to an outreach communications person

    Fact Check
  • How do I submit my presidential declared disaster experience story?
    Supervisor Online

    Its time to start writing your story to share with others. Experiences are often the best form of help you can give someone in a disaster zone. Coming from the victims and survivors of declared disasters means more to others than you might think.

    Example Cases
  • Restore.LA.Gov Solution 3 Reimbursement is determined by the pricing guide published in the Homeowners Manual.
    Writers Pool

    Solution 3 Reimbursement is NOT determined by the number of receipts you have and turn in. According to infoRestore-LA.Org using the State of Louisiana email server mailppa1.swe.la.gov the program reimburses based on the pricing guide for construction.

    OCD-DRU
  • LA State is setting construction prices, what happens when market prices rise above Xactimate Economy prices?
    Writers Pool

    For any Scope of Work that has not been issued, OCD-DRU may reflect updated prices based on yearly review of Xactimate prices.

    OCD-DRU
  • Why does Restore.LA.Gov count NFIP ICC as a Duplication of Benefits when they don't overlap other services?
    Supervisor

    When we compare grants and insurance money we often find the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development making up rules as they go. Lets take the NFIP ICC, Increased Cost of Compliance which means the additional cost to follow Codes and Rules.

    OCD-DRU
  • Collecting homeowner expense to income percentages pre and post one year after the floods.
    Supervisor

    I will be presenting to the Task Force the increased or decreased costs to homeowners after the disaster. I am looking to identify any possible remaining options to assist homeowners with unmet needs based on the increased cost of living.

    MUR
  • Action Plan Amendment No. 3 Community Development Block Grant Funds in response to the Great Floods of 2016
    Contributor

    Action Plan Amendment No. 1 for the utilization of Community Development Block Grant Funds CDBG in response to the Great Flood of 2016 Public Comment Period: August 11 to 24, 2017

    OCD-DRU
  • Action Plan Amendment No. 2 Community Development Block Grant Funds in response to the Great Floods of 2016
    Contributor

    Action Plan Amendment No. 1 for the utilization of Community Development Block Grant Funds CDBG in response to the Great Flood of 2016 Public Comment Period: June 7 to 20, 2017.

    OCD-DRU
  • NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Restore Louisiana Task Force Friday, July 13, 2018 9:30 am House Committee Room 5
    Writers Pool

    Who is planning on going? Who would like to take part in the Public Comment period which is open for 50 minutes at the end of the meeting? Who needs a ride to the State Capital? Lets get our trip organized soon!

    OCD-DRU

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  • Hundreds of homeowners with SBA Duplication of Benefits may have been categorized incorrectly.

    Jonathan L.

    Hundreds of homeowners with SBA Duplication of Benefits may have been categorized incorrectly.

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  • FEMA-4382-DR California Amendment No. 1 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration of August 4, 2018

    Supervisor O.

    FEMA-4382-DR California Amendment No. 1 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration of August 4, 2018

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