BATON ROUGE, LA, July 6, 2017 – The State of Louisiana Office of Community Development has finalized the process of selecting global security consulting firm IEM as the prime contractor to manage the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program. This program is helping eligible Louisiana residents rebuild their homes damaged by the unprecedented and historic floods in March and August of 2016.
Louisiana received a major disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for 51 parishes impacted by the March and August floods. Thus far, the State has been granted $1.3 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist homeowners. CDBG-DR funds appropriated by Congress help affected areas recover from disasters, especially in low- to moderate-income areas and communities with limited resources.
Conducting Surveys in a Diverse Communications World
Author: Marilyn Stackhouse, Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist, IEM In 1999, only 29 percent of U.S. residents used cell phones. Today, more than 91 percent of the U.S. population use cell phones — a 237% increase! Many people, “cord cutters,” as they’re known in the industry, have kicked their landlines to the curb and have […]
What will we in the U.S. learn from the events in Japan?
Author: Gary Scronce, Director of Preparedness Programs, IEM I’ve been asked the question a couple of times over the past few days by family and friends, some who know I work in homeland security and emergency management, some who know I spent more than 12 years as an engineer at a nuclear power plant. My […]
Transportation Infrastructure Damage in Japan
Author: David Willauer, Senior Transportation Planner, IEM The damage inflicted on infrastructure by an earthquake or tsunami is is fundamentally different than that caused by a hurricane. In particular, while transportation following a hurricane is primarily inhibited by debris resulting from wind damage, an earthquake or tsunami causes substantial damage to infrastructure, including highways, railroads, […]
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