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.
Word has it Louisiana Flood Victims are not interested in rebuilding based on a 13% program dropout rate.Contributor
When you first applied to the Louisiana Restore Homeowners Program you may have thought this would be easy, you flooded, you do not have enough money to rebuild. HUD offered $1.33 to share with homeowners, then the OCD-DRU stepped in and took it all away.
Task Force Public Input: Citizens Proposed SBA Disaster Federal Assistance Declined SolutionMurray Wennerlund
In the spirit of rebuilding, we the people of the 2016 floods, a natural disaster in the State of Louisiana, officially submit to the Restore Louisiana Task Force the following guidance and policy modifications to advance our disaster recovery efforts.
PL 115-123 Declined Federal Assistance protection violated by SBA Data Feed Loan Decision Field statusContributor
The SBA data feed field Loan Decision does not provide remedy for public law 115-123 which allows a homeowner to decline the loan which for the SBA means the homeowner cancels the loan. The Loan Decision field of the SBA Data feed does not offer Cancelled
IMPORTANT FOLLOW UP for the 3800 SBA Declined issue for DR-4263 and DR-4277 Louisiana Flood VictimsMurray Wennerlund
Last Thursday Aug. 16, 2018 I sent the linked page as an email to all task force members. As public input allows I proposed a solution to FIX the SBA issue for those that DECLINED the SBA Disaster Loans. I need your help to deliver the message again.
Louisiana Representative Edward "Ted" James, Dist 101 said it, we are echoing the call to fight hard Now!Contributor
When LA Rep James asked for a few minutes before Governor Edwards entered the room to express his feelings of how our Congressional Representatives were not fighting for Louisiana Disaster Victims hard enough, we ask, will he fight for us in our state?
Second from LAST CALL to SBA Declined Loan people from any disaster after the year 2014 and before 2023Contributor
This morning while you are having a coffee or whatever you do in the morning I want you to send an email right after you finish reading this post. I want you to get serious about ending this SBA DOB Declined Loan issue with the state, every morning.
August 13, 2016 Louisiana Flood, 2 years later we are still called Flood Victims and not Flood Survivors, why?Contributor
Two years after the flood we have foundations cracking due to erosion, wood buckled and warped, joists and beams bent and split. Old wood has never been perfect after it's been soaked for days and dried slowly for months.OCD-DRU
Executive Order JBE-2016-65 Task Force has to setup a method for the public to offer inputContributor
According to Governor Edwards Executive Order JBE-2016-65 the Task Force has to setup a method for the public to offer input and to allow them to make policy based on such input.OCD-DRU
An estimated 3,800 Louisiana Flood Victims denied CDBG-DR Grants for simply being approved an SBA loan amountContributor
Governor Edwards is aware of Public Law 115-123 signed by congress and the president on Feb. 9, 2018 which states that individuals that declined to accept assistance from the SBA will not have the SBA approved loan amount used as a Duplication of Benefits
Just tell FEMA No Thanks when they refer you to the SBA Disaster Loan Program. 80 Percent AMI or lower? Say NOContributor
After a Disaster you must identify what your AMI is before you file with FEMA. This was learned from experience and from policies in place by states with declared disaster.FEMA