East Baton Rouge Parish officials were notified last week that data captured from damage assessment surveys conducted around the parish following the June 5 – 6 severe weather event do not meet the threshold to support a request to FEMA for Individual Assistance.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) notified East Baton Rouge officials via letter that based upon Individual Assistance Declaration Guidance and Rules, damage estimates do not support a request for federal assistance.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s office has made outreach to local non-profit and volunteer organizations that assist in rebuilding and recovery work, seeking their partnership and assistance with recovery efforts that may arise. Citizens can contact the Mayor’s office for information on assistance with weather-related damages.
Following the severe wind and weather of June 6, East Baton Rouge officials collected 605 citizen damage assessments through an online survey, handwritten forms and reports by telephone. The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) and Information Services Department reviewed each assessment and mapped the reported damage, to include homes, apartments and vehicles.
A total of 388 homes were reported damaged and the subject of an official request for Individual Assistance on June 18.
This notification means that East Baton Rouge Parish homeowners will not have the opportunity to apply for any of FEMA’s major disaster assistance programs for uninsured losses.