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Webster Parish receives word from FEMA: “No Individual Assistance”
Jan 15, 2010 --


While the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Webster Parish and several other North Louisiana parishes for what they call Public Assistance following October and November’s flooding events, they have disallowed Individual Assistance.

Webster Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Director John Stanley explains. “It’s confusing to people, we understand,” he said. “They hear ‘public assistance’ and assume that’s for ‘the public’—but what FEMA refers to with that is public-governmental entities.” The Public Assistance grants go to eligible public bodies to pay for repairs to public properties, roadways, structures, etc. that were damaged by the incident.
FEMA’s Individual Assistance (IA) grant programs are much different, Stanley explains. “IA is for individual property owners who suffered damages,” he said. “And while we did our very best as a region to show FEMA, through both physical inspection and documentation of impact, the severity of the private properties that were damaged, the region simply didn’t have enough collectively to be federally approved.”
Stanley expressed his sympathies to the individuals and families who suffered structural losses to their homes, businesses or other improved properties; and added that this announcement should in no way minimize the damages they have suffered due to the flood event.
“This is certainly a challenging situation for the uninsured property owners affected—and we wish them the best in their efforts to recover, resettle and prepare for the future,” he concluded.


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