Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program Extension

The TSA checkout date has been extended to Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. FEMA will contact applicants

who are eligible for the extension to notify them of their new checkout date.

National Flood Insurance Program considerations


Flood losses in Louisiana will not cause flood insurance rates to rise above scheduled annual rate

increases. Properties located in a floodplain that have federally backed mortgages are required by law

to be properly insured against known hazards, such as flooding. Anyone can purchase a flood insurance

policy if they live in a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program.


The NFIP offers two types of coverage — building and contents. The mortgage lender may only

require you to purchase flood insurance for the structure. Contents coverage will cover items such as

personal belongings and furniture for an additional premium. To find your approximate flood insurance

costs and the hazard level of your area, visit and enter the property address.

Contact your insurance agent for questions about a specific property.

Help paying for flood insurance in Louisiana

You may have to obtain flood insurance as a condition of receiving federal disaster assistance

following Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods, but FEMA can help. FEMA may pay for three

years’ worth of premiums if you’re a homeowner or renter who receives federal disaster help and didn’t

have flood insurance. Keep flood insurance once FEMA stops paying your premiums to be considered

for certain recovery grants after future disasters.

NFIP Deadline extended

Policy holders now have 120 days from the date of loss to file a flood insurance claim. The extension

doubles the 60 day deadline NFIP usually requires.

NFIP Milestones

As of Sept. 16, the NFIP authorized and issued more than $373 million in payments to 28,900

policy holders so they can repair and rebuild.

Other survivor concerns

Re-internment: FEMA disaster assistance may be available for re-internment efforts in Louisiana

cemeteries, where floodwaters have dislodged or destroyed caskets, vaults, and mausoleums.

In privately owned cemeteries, assistance may be available if the costs are the legal responsibility of an individual and not the cemetery. Individuals seeking assistance in a privately owned cemetery should register at (800) 621-3362. For publicly owned cemeteries, assistance may be available through our Public Assistance program which reimburses local governments for infrastructure repairs. The owner and/or operator of the public cemetery must apply via