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 FloodSmart.gov 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.
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 Louisianapa.com.