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.
True experience with IEM Inc. Disaster Recovery people, it is very hard to find straight answersMurray Wennerlund
For months homeowners have asked the same question of IEM contractors. Many questions were posted, email, called in to the Baton Rouge call center that IEM inc manages. Some from as far back as May 2018 that are still unanswered today. Heres one Question
Elevation for disaster victims, the Data, Math and illogical approach that costs flood victims 5% more.Murray Wennerlund
Elevation Cost Analysis by IEM recommends increasing disaster victims out of pocket costs by more than 5 percent if homeowner selects to use concrete blocks for column supports in lieu of timber poles or wood columns.
State of Louisiana contractor IEM hires sub-contractor to reduce elevation caps by 5%Murray Wennerlund
IEM Inc a NC Risk Management company holds true to their core business model by creating a report comparing the price of wood vs. concrete when elevating homes. The report awards 5% more grant funds to use timbers and 5% less for concrete CMU blocks.
State of Louisiana OCD-DRU ignores homeowners complaints regarding out of control subcontractor outsourcingWriters Pool
The State of Louisiana, Division of Administration, Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit OCD-DRU creates uncontrollable subcontractor hiring practices with Innovative Emergency Management, Inc.
OCD-DRU Patrick Forbes accuses flood victim "..creating unnecessary panic and frustration among flood victims"Murray Wennerlund
My neighbor came over banging on our door asking for me to read the 30 day notice to purchase flood insurance to cover the Programs costs or be deemed ineligible for HUD CDBG-DR Grants. This comes weeks and months after grants were awarded and signed.
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.
Solution 1 Reconstruction Homeowners Experience and Knowledge gained and documented version 22.214.171.124Contributor
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.
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?
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 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.
- Tue. Sep. 18, 2018
- Thu. May. 31, 2018