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LFT Disaster Relief Effort

Let us know how you’re doing! The Louisiana Federation of Teachers wants to hear from members who have been affected by the recent floods. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you as we fight to recover from this disaster.

This Web page includes links to sites that can help, including a form for LFT members to complete. It will help us assess the needs of our brothers and sisters.

The presidents of our local chapters and our field representatives are contacting members to see what assistance is needed.

If you have suffered loss, please click here and complete this form. You may send the completed form to us at disasterrelief@lft-aft.org, FAX it to (800) 923-1461, or mail it to LFT, 9623 Brookline Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.

If you have trouble downloading the form, here is a link to an online version.

LFT Disaster Relief Fund Update - September 1, 2016

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is working with our national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers, to provide assistance to our members through the LFT Disaster Relief Fund.

Right now, we are collecting donations for the fund from AFT members around the country and from here in Louisiana.

We are in the process of assessing the need among our members who were impacted by the flood. We are receiving forms via email, FAX, snail mail and by hand through our local chapters.

Before we can distribute funds, we will have to verify membership and other pertinent information. At this point, we will not know how much will be distributed to individuals until we have a complete and accurate list of impacted members.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of the members who have sustained losses in this disaster, and assure than that we are working as fast as we can to provide assistance.

We urge all members to make sure they have completed their FEMA forms to ensure that they are eligible for all the government assistance they are entitled to. In addition, members who hold the AFT’s Union Plus credit card may be eligible for additional assistance. Members who participate the Senior Term Life and the AFT+ Mortgage Program are also eligible for additional assistance.

 


Twenty parishes designated disaster areas

BATON ROUGE - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that a total of 20 parishes have been declared a major disaster by the federal government. Previously, 12 parishes had received the federal declaration. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate approved the declaration in a meeting with Gov. Edwards while he visited Louisiana on Tuesday.

 The following parishes have now received a federal declaration (*denotes an already-announced parish):

  1. Acadia *
  2. Ascension *
  3. Avoyelles
  4. East Baton Rouge*
  5. East Feliciana *
  6. Evangeline
  7. Iberia *
  8. Iberville
  9. Jefferson Davis
  10. Lafayette *
  11. Livingston *
  12. Pointe Coupee *
  13. St. Helena *
  14. St. Landry *
  15. St. Martin
  16. St. Tammany
  17. Tangipahoa *
  18. Vermilion *
  19. Washington
  20. West Feliciana

Follow the governor's office on Facebook and Twitter for updated information as it's available.


 

Resources:

 

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Anyone who has been impacted by this storm should register damages sustained. All registered damage claims in parishes added at a later time will be processed as those parishes are added.

Individuals can register damage on the web or by phone as follows:

There are many misconceptions about getting help from FEMA. Often, people who would qualify for assistance miss out on assistance because they don’t have access to correct information.

 

We have put together some general FAQ's about the process, but again, a federal Individual Assistance Declaration must be issued first.  Please let the LFT know if you have any questions.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Parishes designated as qualifying under the Individual Assistance declaration as of 8/16/16:

 

Acadia Parish, Ascension Parish, Avoyelles Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Evangeline Parish, Iberia Parish, Iberville Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Lafayette Parish, Livingston Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Vermilion Parish, Washington Parish and West Feliciana Parish.

Click here to see if FEMA has qualified your parish for Individual Assistance. 

Emergency shelters: Click here for a list of emergency shelters. The list is updated regularly. http://gov.louisiana.gov/news/shelter-information-for-parishes-affected-by-severe-weather

 

FEMA Fact Sheets:

 

Cora Brown Fund Fact Sheet

The purpose of the Cora Brown Fund is to help provide for disaster-related needs that have not or will not be met by governmental agencies or any other organization, which has programs to address such needs. This fact sheet outlines the general categories of assistance that can be provided by the fund and explains the general conditions and limitations of this assistance.

 

Disaster Legal Services Fact Sheet

The purpose of Disaster Legal Services (DLS) is to provide legal assistance to low-income individuals who prior to or as a result of the disaster, are unable to secure legal services adequate to meet their disaster-related needs. This fact sheet outlines when DLS can be provided and explains the general conditions and limitations of DLS.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Fact Sheet

The purpose of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is to provide unemployment benefits and re-employment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular State unemployment insurance. This fact sheet outlines general information pertaining to the requirements and conditions under which an individual may be eligible for DUA.

 

Funeral Assistance Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes the eligible costs associated with FEMA Funeral Assistance under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).

 

Assistance to Individuals and Households-Individuals and Households Program (IHP) Fact Sheet

The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means. This fact sheet gives a brief introduction to the forms of help offered under the IHP.

 

Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program Fact Sheet

The CCP supports short-term interventions that involve the counseling goals of assisting disaster survivors in understanding their current situation and reactions, mitigating stress, assisting survivors in reviewing their disaster recovery options, promoting the use or development of coping strategies, providing emotional support, and encouraging linkages with other individuals and agencies who may help survivors in their recovery process. This document gives a brief program overview of CCP.

 

National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System Fact Sheet

The FEMA National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS) may be activated following a Presidentially declared disaster at the request of an affected State to help reunite families that have become separated as a result of the disaster. Individuals and families can register online at www.fema.gov or www.disasterassistance.org or by phone at 1-800-588-9822 when the system is activated.

 

Generator Reimbursement – Individuals and Households Program Fact Sheet

Under the Other Needs Assistance provision of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program, and in conjunction with the State or Tribe, eligible applicants may be reimbursed for the purchase or rental of a generator required for medical purposes. Funds awarded for generator reimbursement are counted toward an applicant’s financial assistance limit, which is an annually adjusted amount based on the Consumer Price Index.

 

National Shelter System Fact Sheet

The FEMA National Shelter System (NSS) is a coordinated nationwide database of emergency shelter information where thousands of profiles of potential shelter resources, as well as virtually any type of facility associated with the care of disaster survivors, are maintained.

 

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Flood Claims Process

This fact sheet is intended to educate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders on the flood insurance claim process.  

 

After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures:

When homes are flooded and lives upended, treasured possessions such as family heirlooms, photos, and other keepsakes become more cherished.  These valued objects may be saved if untouched by sewage or chemicals. 

 

American Red Cross

Contact Your Loved Ones

 

Locate Nearby Shelters

 

Disaster Recovery Guide

 

Download the Red Cross Emergency App by texting "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999

 

 

 

225 Magazine’s 2016 Flood Resource Guide

This website serves as a statewide resource center for flood recovery assistance, centers and organizations that need volunteers and social media updates. It also includes places to find and foster pets.  Click Here for the online guide.

 

 

 

Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants

As part of the Union Plus assistance programs designed to assist union members, the Disaster Relief Grant is able to help those who are facing financial hardship due to a natural disaster. The money does not have to be repaid.  Click here for more information.  Please contact Cynthia Posey if you have any questions concerning the UP Disaster Relief Grants.