• 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.

  • File a Complaint Against a Federal or State Government Agency Louisiana, Texas, Puerto Rico, Indiana, Florida
    Supervisor

    When you find errors and omissions you should report them. When you find state workers and directors of agencies making statements which they then in turn ignore or abuse their power you should report them.

  • Restore Louisiana Task Force Meeting July 13th 2018 State Capitol, House Committee Room 5, Baton Rouge
    Supervisor

    State Capitol, House Committee Room 5, 900 N. Third St. Baton Rouge LA 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 PM Friday, July 13. Be sure to be on time, or at least between 9:30 and 10:00. Most meetings are fast, last one ended about 10:30 only one public comment presented.

  • Louisiana OCD-DRU Declined SBA Award Policy
    Supervisor

    The Declined SBA Award Policy is published on Page 52 of the Homeowners Assistance Manual version 3.1. This has been confirmed with DOA as being what Restore.LA.Gov uses to determine if a homeowner will be penalized for not accepting the SBA loan offered.

  • Restore Pipeline Reports #46 June 16 to 22 2018
    Writers Pool

    Restore Pipeline Reports 46 June 16 to 22 2018

  • 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?

  • What it means to be Low and Moderate income families in declared disaster zones in the USA and Territories.
    Contributor

    More specifically, what does it mean to rebuild with next to nothing leaving you dependent on federal and state agencies that seem not to understand the urgency of the matter.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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