We have put together a resource page for our nonprofit organizations as you begin to identify needs and next steps for disaster preparedness.
Louisiana citizens can dial 211, 24/7 to reach a live 211 specialist to discuss available help and information for COVID-19. Citizens can also text the keyword “LACOVID” to 898-211 to have instant access to the most current information available in our state.
Resources from Louisiana Governor Edwards
State officials encourage Louisianans to take the following proactive steps to protect the health of themselves and those around them:
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Cover your cough.
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
• Avoid close contact (within six feet) with those who are sick.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found on LDH’s website: www.ldh.la.gov/coronavirus.
How to submit Request for Public Assistance (RPA)
1. Go to our website: www.LouisianaPA.com
2. If you are a first-time applicant for FEMA Public Assistance:
- Click on the APPLY NOWbutton on the home screen (red banner)
• Follow the “New User”instructions
• You will receive and email from LouisianaPA.com with your login credentials. Once received and logged in follow the instructions below.
- If/when you have an existing LAPA account:
Login to your Account.
• After login, go to the Applicant You Represent Boxon the right of the screen and click the New Request for Assistance link.
• A Create New Request for Assistance Box will open.
• In the Grant field select the disaster (for Louisiana Flooding, the DR# is DR-4462).
• Next select a user from the drop down field or create a new one in the Primary, Alternate and Authorized Contact fields.
• If you are a PNP, you must fill out the PNP questionnaire that appears in your form. PNPs are required to submit the following information with their RPA: proof of Tax exempt status and the organization’s articles of incorporation, charter or by laws. These items should be scanned and attached to your RPA.
• Click Create once you have completed the form.
REMINDERS for RPA SUBMISSION:
1. Your DUNS needs to be registered with sam.gov. The following link provides instructions on how to register with sam.gov. Quick Guide for Grants Registrations.
2. The following additional documents are required if your entity is a Private Non-Profit (PNP)
- a) Charter/Bylaws/Articles of Incorporation—The legal documents that describe who you are and what you do and how you do it
b) PNP Questionnaire—this is a questionnaire that needs to be completed during the RPA process.
c) Proof of Tax-Exempt status—This is in the form of your determination letter from the IRS or evidence from the La. Secretary of State’s office that shows you are an active in good standing (at the time of the disaster) operating under State law.
If you have any questions, please contact your State Applicant Liaison (SAL) or send the questions to [email protected].
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Advocacy Center of Louisiana- The Advocacy Center of Louisiana protects, empowers, and advocates for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities and seniors living in Louisiana, in order that they may live an integrated life in the community, free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
LA 2-1-1– A single access point for every day needs and in times of crisis. 2-1-1 can offer access to the following types of services: Basic Human Needs Resources, Physical and Mental Health Resources, Employment Support, Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities, Support for Children, Youth and Families and Volunteer opportunities and donations.
Louisiana Civil Justice Center- In the event of a disaster, LCJC plays a key role in disaster response, coordination and the delivery of legal services. LCJC in partnership with the Louisiana State Bar Association is designed to respond quickly to justice issues in emergency situations through its legal aid hotline. LCJC’s goal is the staff the hotline as soon as possible after a disaster to quickly and effectively provide the assistance to the people of the 64 parishes of Louisiana.
Louisiana VOAD- LAVOAD is a strong component of the Disaster cycle (Planning and mitigation through Long-Term Recovery) and a fierce advocate for those who need guidance.
Through partnerships with local, State and Federal Government response agencies, LAVOAD is able to help diminish the immediate and ongoing trauma that occurs in the wake of disaster and catastrophe.
Disaster Assistance– Assistance for the State and Affected Local and Tribal Governments Can Include as Required:
- Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
- Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
2017 LAW ALICE REPORT
United Ways throughout Louisiana have come together to give an identity and voice to people who work hard yet still struggle to make ends meet – people we call ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE lives in every parish in Louisiana.
This report shows us that 42 percent of all Louisiana families are ALICE or live below the ALICE Threshold. This means that 42 percent of all Louisiana families are not earning enough to “get by” based on a Household Survival Budget that uses conservative estimates of monthly expenses for housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and taxes. These ALICE families are working hard but are one small emergency away from a major financial crisis.
For those writing grants, this is a great source of data about the parishes your respectively serve.
To access more information about ALICE, click on the links below:
SAMHSA Disaster Distress National Help Line: 1-800-985-5990 or text: talkwithus to 66746
Peace of Mind: U.S. Sen. David Vitter says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide Louisiana with $6.8 million to fund crisis counseling for flood victims, The Associated Press reports. The money is for counseling, education and development of coping skills. The state will be responsible for distributing the money from FEMA’s Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program. Program funds generally go to community-based shelters, community centers and churches. In some cases, in-person services are made available at survivors’ homes. Earlier this week, FEMA announced funding for free crisis counseling for storm-affected children, administered by the state health department.