Recovery Assistance & Mitigation Planning

Recovery Planner Jennifer Gerbasi

 

FloodSafe Information

Flooding is an issue for a large number of residents in the Parish and will continue to affect the day to day decisions we make. Changes to insurance premiums and federal funding may have an impact on the lives of your constituents whether they are in the Special Flood Hazard Area or not.

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Building Back Safer for Resilience

Posted on 07/15/19

For those who had damage from the recent storm Barry, when building back, this is an opportunity to consider how to build back safer and stronger.  See the attachments for funding that may b...

Trouble with a Flood Insurance Claim?

Posted on 07/15/19

Trouble with a Flood Insurance Claim? Getting the run around for an ICC Claim? Reach Out to Flood Insurance Advocate’s Office for Help Having trouble getting an answer on a flood insura...

Mold and Mildew Avoidance

Posted on 07/15/19

Moisture  in a flooded house, wicking, or dampness from humidity can cause mold or mildew.  “Dealing with Mold and Mildew in Your Flood Damaged Home” provides tips to avoid home ...

After the Flood - Recovery Suggestions from FEMA

Posted on 07/15/19

After the Flood Recovery Suggestions from FEMA – Advice for insurance claims and an introduction to mold avoidance. See attached. Scroll down also to see our past post on making Flo...

Hurricane Season Preparations #3 - Kids!

Posted on 06/25/19

FloodSafe Minute Hurricane Season Preparations. Third Installment   Kids need to be prepared for storm season by making a plan just like adults.  The Governor’s Office of H...

Hurricane Season Preparations

Posted on 06/13/19

FloodSafe Minute Hurricane Season Preparations. Second Installment   Storm season is here, and while many of us have faced it before, it is a good time to look into our preparation an...

Get Flood Insurance Now for Grants

Posted on 06/06/19

Get Flood Insurance Now Prepare for Grant Opportunities Storm Season is Here, and Flood Insurance has a 30 Day Wait Period Terrebonne Parish is often under a threat from a natural or manmade ...

Hurricane Season Prep - Installment #1

Posted on 06/04/19

FloodSafe Minute Hurricane Season Preparations. First Installment As we prepare for hurricane season, we are also facing threats from other flooding both manmade and natural.  This is th...

A Note from the President about Flood Insurance

Posted on 05/09/19

Please see the attached note from the President....

SBA Mitigation Loans Can Help Reduce Risk

Posted on 11/07/18

SBA Mitigation Loans Can Help Reduce Risk Even as we apply for 100% grants for Severe Repetitive Loss properties and 90% for Repetitive Loss/Substantially Damaged properties, those don’t assi...

The IRS Weighs in on Storm Preparedness Providing Tips and Tools for Prep and Recovery

Posted on 09/11/18

The IRS Weighs in on Storm Preparedness Providing Tips and Tools for Prep and Recovery https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/preparing-for-a-disaster-taxpayers-and-businesse...

Flood Insurance Guide

Posted on 08/29/18

August 29, 2018 Flood insurance guide By Insurance.com Posted : August 28, 2017 lightly amended by RAMP. Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. It's also the m...

Building Back – Buyout Properties for Sale

Posted on 07/25/18

Building Back – Buyout Properties for Sale The properties bought with CDBG grant funds from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike are being sold August 11th without reserve.  The parish purchased th...

FREE LUNCH FOR CONTRACTORS AT LICENSING LUNCHEON!

Posted on 07/18/18

FREE LUNCH! Builder registration and licensing is the law.  The state is the licensing authority, but the Parish is on the front line providing permits for work.  The grant programs are r...

Businesses are the Backbone of Recovery - Get a Plan

Posted on 06/05/18

Businesses are the Backbone of Recovery FEMA Booklet Provides Survival Plan Guidance for all Disasters The SBA provides a series of checklists and toolkits. Though we generally focus this tim...

Business Checklist for Hurricane Safety

Posted on 05/23/18

Business Checklist for Hurricane Safety Provided by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative Hurricane Preparedness Week may be over, but the season is just about to start.  A disturbance...

New Study Shows $6 of Benefit for Every $1 Spent

Posted on 05/14/18

New Study Shows that Mitigation Can Provide $6 Benefit for Every $1 Spent Flood mitigation goes beyond dollars and cents The benefits of mitigation cannot be overstated. Community leaders a...

A Look Back at 30 Years of Mitigation

Posted on 04/17/18

A Look Back at 30 Years of Mitigation Helping Communities Rebuild Stronger This year marks the 30-year anniversary since the Robert T. Stafford Act was amended to include funding for hazard miti...

Free Legal Help with Family Property

Posted on 03/13/18

Free Legal Help with Family Property Many members of this community may live on property that has been passed down to them by a family member but have not completed the necessary legal steps to sec...

It is always a good time to get flood insurance

Posted on 03/08/18

It is always a good time to get flood insurance Terrebonne Parish is often under a threat from a natural or manmade flood event, and as community leaders, homeowners and business owners, we need to...

Trouble with a Flood Insurance Claim?

Posted on 01/24/18

Trouble with a Flood Insurance Claim? Getting the run around for an ICC Claim? Reach Out to Flood Insurance Advocate’s Office for Help Having trouble getting an answer on a flood insura...

The National Flood Insurance Program - Back until February 8, 2018

Posted on 01/23/18

The National Flood Insurance Program  - Back until February 8, 2018 Reach Out to the Senators to Support Flood Insurance Act Today!   The National Flood Insurance Program is unde...

The National Flood Insurance Program Has Lapsed

Posted on 01/22/18

The National Flood Insurance Program Has Lapsed January 19, 2018 Prior Submitted Applications and Claims will Be Processed   The National Flood Insurance Program is under discussion in c...

The National Flood Insurance Program Could Lapse December 22nd, 2017

Posted on 12/20/17

  The National Flood Insurance Program Could Lapse December 22nd, 2017 Submit Applications Prior to the Lapse – Don’t Wait! The National Flood Insurance Program is under discuss...

Final LA SAFE Community Meeting Wednesday, December 6

Posted on 11/28/17

The final LA SAFE community meeting is next Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Civic Center.  Please see below for the full announcement. Round 5: Why we need you there! ...

Good Earth Community Garden Public Meeting

Posted on 11/17/17

  Good Earth Community Garden Public Meeting This Saturday! November 18, 2017 The Parish is partnering with Keep Terrebonne Beautiful and the Pointe au Chien Indian Tribe to develop a commu...

Surplus Real Property Auction Online

Posted on 09/26/17

Surplus Real Property Auction Online October 6-9, 2017 The Parish purchased storm damaged housing from residents with Community Block Grant Funding available after Hurricane Gustav.  These ...

Good Earth Community Garden Neighborhood Meeting

Posted on 09/26/17

Please note the announcement below regarding a neighborhood meeting about the proposed use of 4 of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program buyout properties.  These properties can only be used for op...

Advance Payments Allowed under NFIP Flood Insurance Policies for Harvey

Posted on 09/06/17

Advance Payments Allowed under NFIP Flood Insurance Policies for Harvey  For those who own a structure flooded in Harvey, the insurance companies have been given special permission to pay up t...

Supply List for Those Returning to Flooded Homes

Posted on 08/31/17

Supply List for Those Returning to Flooded Homes Many of Terrebonne residents will be all too familiar about what people might need after a flood to help the recovery on an individual or family lev...

Parishwide Meeting for LA SAFE August 1, 2017

Posted on 07/20/17

Parishwide Meeting for LA SAFE August 1, 2017 Please join us at the Civic Center for the next Terrebonne Parish LA SAFE meeting.  You and your neighbors will turn the vision for your community...

Severe Repetitive Loss and Repetitive Loss Property Application Opening

Posted on 07/19/17

Severe Repetitive Loss and Repetitive Loss Property Application Opening Get Your Insurance and Quotes Now!   Terrebonne Parish announces that it is accepting applications for elevation, ...

Rebuilding May Overtake Elevation

Posted on 07/12/17

Terrebonne Parish has been a leader in the elevation of structures to reduce flood risk.  Recently, federal legislation has encouraged the structures to be demolished and rebuilt instead, particu...

Upcoming Events Protecting ourselves, our coast and our culture.

Posted on 06/01/17

Upcoming Events Protecting ourselves, our coast and our culture. What has been done, and what remains? This week LA SAFE and June 27th the Terrebonne Parish Coastal Day: LA SAFE commun...

Use Homeowner’s Insurance to Elevate?

Posted on 04/10/17

Here at the coast, we all know that our homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t cover flood damage.  People need a flood insurance policy to cover flood damage.  What about flood co...

LA SAFE Community Wide Meeting March 28, 2017

Posted on 03/24/17

Community Wide Meeting March 28, 2017 LA SAFE – Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments   The Louisiana Office of Community Development and the Foundation f...

FEMA sending letters to policyholders to clearly communicate flood risk

Posted on 01/31/17

FEMA sending letters to policyholders to clearly communicate flood risk Please see the attached information from FEMA regarding mailings that will be going out to all policy holders. The Homeowner ...

Rental Elevations Available

Posted on 01/05/17

Call for Applications for Rental Elevations Terrebonne Parish has been informed by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) that $1.6M in Federal Emergen...

Elevation Programs Require Insurance - Now!

Posted on 10/26/16

Elevation Programs Require Insurance - Now! Grant Applications Open Soon Get your insurance now   FEMA has been opening their applications in March or April to elevate, relocate, demo...

How to document damage for FEMA claim

Posted on 08/22/16

Though Terrebonne did not sustain significant damages in the recent floods, it is always good to have a plan for documenting flood damage whenever it occurs.  Below are some tips for documenting ...

Proper Clean-up Following Flood Can Reduce Molds and Mildew and Lessen Health Risks

Posted on 08/19/16

Donations have been  requested for rubber boots, buckets, bleach, mops, paper towels, and other supplies for cleaning the thousands of homes affected by the recent flooding.  Below are some ...

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Louisiana

Posted on 08/19/16

Terrebonne was very lucky this last week with minimal damages from this historic flooding event.  However, loved ones or colleagues may have had significant damages.  Below are some reminder...

New Program Available for Shutters and Roofs

Posted on 06/08/16

Parish Gauging Interest for Funding Applications FEMA has announced that it will make funding available for wind retrofits to increase the wind resistance capacity of structures.> The program is...

Buyout Properties for Sale

Posted on 05/25/16

In this unusual opportunity, substantially damages, repetitively flooded, and severe repetitive loss structures were purchased with HUD Community Development Block Grant funds and demolished or otherw...

State deadline extended - Grants

Posted on 04/27/16

State deadline extended.  Parish Still Accepting Applications to elevate, rebuild, relocate or buy flood damaged houses!  The Parish is applying for funding to elevate, relocate, or buyou...

Using Insurance Benefits to Relocate to a Safer Lot

Posted on 03/22/16

Terrebonne Parish residents are no strangers to flooding, or reducing their flood risk. Over 1,000 structures have been elevated to reduce the risk of flooding again. The Planning Department used FEMA...

Stormwater Retention on Hazard Mitigation Sites

Posted on 03/07/16

Recently, fruit trees have been planted on Parish owned properties purchased through FEMA buyouts after storm events. Other properties have been planted with shrubs and trees that are good for bi...

Predisaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Applications Open Soon

Posted on 02/19/16

FEMA has announced the application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs: March 15 - June 15, 2016. These applications...

Fruit for the Communities - A Time to Sow

Posted on 01/29/16

Terrebonne Parish is pleased to announce a cooperative effort to plant fruit trees on properties mitigated by the Parish. Area nonprofits are planting several types of fruit trees on properties purcha...

CPRA to host four Community Conversations on Flood Risk and Resilience Program

Posted on 01/25/16

As part of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), in partnership with the Office of Community Development, will host a series of four Community Conversa...

What to Do Before and After a Flood

Posted on 01/06/16

We are past the official storm season and had no major event in 2015. Still, we need to be prepared for a flood at any time. Advance planning and research of options in the off season can sa...

Federal Flood Risk Management Guideline Revisions Released

Posted on 10/27/15

 On January 30, 2015, the President signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Inp...

Clearing Title Getting Easier for some Properties

Posted on 09/08/15

Since the 2005 hurricanes, the inheritance process has become easier and less expensive for many people. There is now a simplified and less expensive affidavit process that may allow families to clear...

For Flood Insurance – Don’t Overvalue Your House

Posted on 08/18/15

The value you use on your flood insurance can make the difference between being eligible for a 100% or 90% grant, and not receiving grant assistance to elevate. Terrebonne Parish recently submitted...

Be Sure to Opt In for Lower Flood Insurance

Posted on 07/07/15

Make Sure You Pay the Correct Surcharge As of April 1, 2015, every new or renewed NFIP policy includes an annual surcharge required by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA)....

Gamers! Can You Build a Floodsafe House?

Posted on 06/29/15

The Last House StandingTwo interesting approaches are related to this phrase. One is an app to get the you social media gamers thinking about flood safety. It was released this summer to get tech user...

Flood Mitigation Assistance Application Period Open

Posted on 06/11/15

Flood Mitigation Assistance Application Period OpenNew Mitigation application open for Severe Repetitive Loss and Substantially Damaged Repetitive Loss Properties. FEMA is providing up to $180,000,00...

Elevated Foundation Systems

Posted on 04/13/15

Elevated Foundation Systems May Be the Next Great Way to Rebuild Safer and Stronger New Mitigation Approach from FEMA Launched for Sandy may be available for future storms elsewhere.The growing t...

National Tree Benefit Calculator Available

Posted on 03/13/15

New Website Helps People Select the Right Trees for Stormwater Management and Adding Curb AppealTerrebonne Parish and the U.S. Corps of Engineers have partnered to do a study and develop plans for Bio...

Why do I need an Elevation Certificate?

Posted on 01/21/15

An Elevation Certificate may help you save money on flood insurance for structures in the Special Flood Hazard Area and is required by FEMA mitigation programs as part of an application for all struct...

Teaching Tools for Children – Staying Safe

Posted on 01/05/15

As we move into the new year, we reflect on how to improve our quality of life. Part of that is the safety of the community. Often, we look to FEMA for tips on safety, but other institutions have a lo...

Take Advantage of End of the Year Sales to Get Pet Supplies for Evacuation

Posted on 12/18/14

Take Advantage of End of the Year Sales to Get Supplies for Pet EvacuationIt is always a good time to think about flood safety and our furry, feathered or slippery housemates. When you evacu...

How Levees Work to Protect the Parish

Posted on 12/04/14

The National Flood Insurance Program has developed a series of educational videos online to educate the public on flood risk. With the extensive levee system in place in Terrebonne Parish, education a...

The Hazard Mitigation Plan Preliminary Draft Ready for Review

Posted on 10/02/14

Public NoticePublic Meeting AnnouncementTerrebonne Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan UpdateCome and comment on the Hazard Mitigation Plan! The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government is updating the p...

FEMA Preparathon!

Posted on 09/24/14

FEMA'S NATIONAL PREPAREATHON! DAYSET FOR SEPTEMBER 30TH Are you prepared for a storm event?Participate in this nationwide event and find out.While many Americans understand the importance of prepari...

Flood Insurance Refunds

Posted on 09/15/14

FEMA has provided some information on the flood insurance customers who may receive refunds after the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 rolled back some of the high rates from the Bi...

Update on the Hazard Mitigation Plan Development

Posted on 08/04/14

The Steering Committee and interested members of the public have now met twice to discuss the revisions needed to the existing Hazard Mitigation Plan last updated in 2009 and approved by FEMA in 2010....

What is covered by a flood insurance policy?

Posted on 07/23/14

We are in the storm season and have considered the need for a response plan, and the need to get insurance, but what does a National Flood Insurance Program policy cover? Please review the attachment ...

Preventing Pollution Saves Money and Improves Water Quality

Posted on 07/07/14

Terrebonne Parish is required to take steps to reduce stormwater pollution in an effort to have fishable, swimmable waters in Louisiana’s Bayou Country. These laws require chosen the Parish to do si...

It is time to Get a Plan and Get Insured!

Posted on 05/07/14

Storm season starts officially June 1, and who knows what is ahead? Are you ready? Get a PlanYou and your family need to know what to do in response to a storm. Where will you go? Who should family m...

Beyond the Basics – Hazard Mitigation Plan Development Tips

Posted on 04/25/14

A new website is available to help communities get Beyond the Basics in their approach to reducing flood risk and other hazards. The website was designed to walk communities through the plan drafting ...

CDBG Elevation Cost Share Program

Posted on 03/18/14

In an effort to serve ensure access to mitigation programs for low to moderate (LMI) households, the Office of Community Development has received HUD approval to use Community Development Block Grant ...

Kids Can Get Ready for Storms, Too

Posted on 02/25/14

To help kids feel that they have a part in protecting themselves in a disaster situation, the Department of Homeland Security has created a website with tools and suggestions. Colorful characters Ray,...

Slab Separation as an Elevation Option

Posted on 02/03/14

People could save a lot by choosing a slab separation if they are elevating a house.  A slab separation allows the contractor to cut the house from the slab, build a new subfloor, and elevate the...

Maximize Your Insurance Benefits – Get Insurance Now

Posted on 02/03/14

The hurricane season is months off, but it is always good to prepare.  Getting flood insurance now will also lock in other benefits.  Some federal programs require the home to be insured 1...

Demolition – A Mitigation Option

Posted on 12/26/13

Many people think that elevation is the only option for using ICC.    Demolishing a house prior to rebuilding or without rebuilding is available as well. ICC for hurricanes Katrina and Rita...

FEMA Tips for Preventing Flood Damage

Posted on 11/22/13

Sometimes common sense prevails in preventing flood damage. Sometimes flood damages are from openings in the house that could be sealed or appliances that could be raised at a minimal cost, but with 2...

Flooded by Gustav/Ike?

Posted on 11/22/13

Insured households can still receive up to $30,000 toward elevating, relocating or demolishing the structure. The Parish residents and businesses have been very resourceful in rebuilding since hur...

Upcoming Flood Insurance Changes

Posted on 11/22/13

The October 1, 2013 implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act 2012 will kick-off next week. The Parish President has been a proponent of a delay or significant revision to the law prior to implementati...

Freeboard Found Cost Effective in NFIP Benefit Analysis

Posted on 09/13/13

Due to changes in the federal flood insurance program, these are times of uncertainty for people living near any waterbody. Prior to when these manmade threats came to be, engineers and builders were ...

Public Meetings Start for Flood Ordinance Changes

Posted on 06/21/13

The Parish is entering the outreach phase of the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance amendment. The amendments have been developed by the Planning Department to reduce flood risk and insurance rates in ...

Good Construction Management Benefits Everyone

Posted on 05/10/13

Construction activities have the potential to create pollution in our streets and bayous that cost us money. Water treatment, dredging, street cleaning, storm drain clogs can be costly and the general...

What to know before you buy or build

Posted on 04/26/13

There are always risks involved in owning a home or business including wind, fire or water damage from a flood or storm. Protect your investments by looking into the history of the buildings you migh...

Homebuilder's Guide To Coastal Construction

Posted on 04/11/13

Concern over insurance rates is increasing as questions about the Biggert-Waters Act remain unanswered, and uncertainty is the result. Remember that in the background, the Planning Department continue...

Top Ten Facts about Flood Insurance

Posted on 04/01/13

Did you know that flood insurance is available for renters? That your homeowner’s policy doesn’t cover flood? That anyone can buy insurance, but there is a 30 day wait before it takes affect? R...

New Federal Changes to Insurance Premiums

Posted on 04/01/13

Please find below and attached information on the new insurance changes that started to take effect in January of this year. Other provisions will begin in August. In general, grandfathering for homes...

Floodplain Regulations and the Court

Posted on 04/01/13

Please find attached information on floodplain regulations and the courts. Some jurisdictions have faced legal challenges both for approving and denying permits for development activities. This summar...

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