For some households, the information I provide helps them get back in their homes. Others I've had a hand in helping them recovery from some of their disaster debt burden. In any case, when you use the information I provide and it's helpful and makes you more successful with your disaster rebuild or new construction then feel free to contribute what you can and when you can. It helps with the hours of unpaid research and reading.
Search by street address, place, state, territory and watershed region. It's something we hope grows to the point we can monitor all watershed areas and alert those that might be in danger.
Verify that you are viewing the water gauge you need to collect information from.
Click on the "Subscribe to WaterAlert" button.
Reading top to bottom and left to right select "My mobile phone" or "My email address" to receive your alerts.
Enter your full telephone number with area code and / or your favorite email address. (I never was sent spam.)
Select hourly for your first alert setup and note the time you set up your alert.
Next you need to set what you want to be alerted about. I go for the Gauge (gage) height and enter 2 feet lower than my base flood elevation or 12 inches above river bank elevation or my ground elevation at 1 inch. Our river when at 46 feet will place 5 feet of water on our property above ground level. You should know where you need to be at each half hour check of the river. We had 45 minutes from first inch to 19 inches which isn't much time if you haven't loaded up beforehand.
When you select hourly alerts I would like for you to write the time down and set a reminder for 30 minutes to create another alert. The system will send you one alert every hour for each alert you process.
Streamflow Parameter(s) (gage height, ft)
Alert Threshold Condition: Greater than (>)
Make the number as I said with your ground elevation and BFE.
Or look up the old flood stages and make alerts just under each stage starting from the lowest stage.
Currently my gauge is at 26.28 feet and I know flooding starts at 29 feet so I will make my first alert 29 feet. Then my second alert will be a 39 feet which is when I need to pack and move to higher ground.
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Step 2 is to enter the correct data the first time and with your FEMA NFIP Community Rating System Floodplain Managers in mind. You dont want them to reject your file for missing data. The data is collected and reviewed by the person creating the report.
If you need a quote for a new manufactured home for the Louisiana Restore program send a note with your old VIN number and your status in the program. All we can do is help you get the quotes for the MHU you are looking to replace. Contact me
You will need information from Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Topographical Maps, Certificates of Elevation, Wind zones, local building codes, property tax information, floodplain managers contact, declared disaster number, disaster assistance ID, DMV title.
Thousands of manufactured home owners were not screened properly during the FEMA application process to determine if their manufactured home was worth repairing or if the home sustained more than 50 percent in damages compared to the homes market value.
When you are questioned by FEMA after a disaster it might be wise to hand the phone to someone that is calm, relaxed, has fresh clothes, has had a warm meal, slept in a good bed and is not suffering traumatic shock from the disaster.
FEMA increased the maximum amount for Individual and Household Assistance after an emergency or major disaster by 8.3 percent making the total amount for either housing assistance 41,000 and 41,000 for other needs assistance.
I am asked often if I would do carpentry work in my area. I'm getting too slow to actually handle most of the jobs I'm asked to do. I'd like to handoff the work to a carpenter that's better than me. I'm always looking for a good carpenter helper for projects I take on. Contact me and get listed and working.
The true impact of the FEMA Remote Inspection Interim Policy is just coming to light. Emergency managers and state disaster response agencies are still unaware of the total failure with remote inspections that Louisianans were forced into since 2020.
When you are navigating the federal disaster assistance agencies your first stop should be to the TruckAndTools.Com Disaster Resources. Every disaster agency uses the same process but not every disaster agency follows strict policy and guidance. Don't go into your disaster recovery with blind trust of your federal and state agencies that are leading the push to get you sheltered and out of the program.
Because of COVID-19 most all FEMA damage assessments completed for storm years 2020, 2021 and 2022 were conducted by phone with the homeowner uploading pictures and describing damage and possibly a FEMA inspection inspecting from the exterior of the home
Was your 2020 and 2021 FEMA disaster inspection limited to exterior damage only? Did your state tell you that you do not qualify for other assistance because your FEMA inspection wasnt completed or didnt show 8,000 or more in damages to be classified?