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We have been serving Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana for more than 30 years, as Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR). We are proud to continue our mission to serve those impacted by disasters as Upbring Disaster Response.

Louisiana

August 2016 Storms

FEMA Federal Declaration No. DR-4277. Gov. John Bel Edwards today announced on Sunday, Aug. 14 that the federal government declared a major disaster for the state of Louisiana for the following parishes: 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. James Parish, St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Vermilion Parish, Washington Parish, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana Parish. Additional parish declarations will be made as further damage assessments are conducted.

Anyone who has been impacted by this storm should register damages sustained, even if they do not live in these four initial parishes. 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 :

Federal Declarations and Types of Assistance available for the following four parishes Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge and Livingston:

  1. Individual Assistance – Assistance to individuals and households
  2. Public Assistance – Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities
  3. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program – Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards

Need Assistance?

Crisis Cleanup Intake Line

Louisiana & Mississippi homeowners can now call 800-451-1954 to have their information entered directly into Crisis Cleanup.

Organizations – doing cleanup – are strongly encouraged to register with Crisis Cleanup.

  • For those of you who may not be familiar with Crisis Cleanup, it is an open-source, web-based application where homeowner cleanup jobs are posted and then vetted organizations – who have access to the database – can access the job orders to complete them. Crisis Cleanup is an effort to reduce duplication, track jobs that need to get completed and map/track the work that is being done. It can also be helpful for planning long-term efforts and a way to ensure disaster survivors don’t fall through the cracks.

How to Register an Organization as a New User:

1)      Visit www.crisiscleanup.org/

2)      Click on Sign-Up (top right hand corner of the screen)

3)      Click on Register Here (under New Organization)

4)      Choose LA-MS Flood Aug 2016 as the Disaster

5)      Complete the rest of the form and select Sign-Up to submit your application

How to Re-Deploy* an Organization for this LA-MS Flood Aug 2016 event:
(* if your organization has already used Crisis Cleanup for a prior response)

1)      Visit www.crisiscleanup.org/

2)      Click on Sign-Up (top right hand corner of the screen)

3)      Click on Redeploy Now (under Redeploy Your Organization)

To learn more about debris removal, donations, volunteering, case management, emotional/spiritual care and more, please refer to this helpful document.

March 2016 Storms – Texas and Louisiana

In March, thousands of individuals and families were impacted by severe storms and flooding in Louisiana and Texas.

Louisiana. 36 parishes received FEMA Federal Declaration No. DR-4269 and 39,670 individuals have registered to date. The deadline to file is Monday, June 13, 2016.

Texas. 13 counties received FEMA Federal Declaration No. DR-4266 and 10,377 individuals registered before the deadline passed.

Central Texas

Flood Disaster Response: Upbring Disaster Response is participating in the long-term recovery of flood victims in the Pflugerville, Onion Creek, Manchaca, Buda, Del Valle, San Marcos and Wimberley areas.

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