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FEMA Announces 2008 Contributions to Louisiana's Recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

2008 brings nearly $2.04 billion in additional FEMA grants; 23,000 families move to more permanent housing

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Great strides were made in 2008 to further along Louisiana's  recovery efforts from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, from $2.04 billion in  additional federal funding to more than 23,000 families moving out of Federal  Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) temporary housing. (Read More)

Second Phase Of Transparency Initiative Web Information Tool Launched

Website offers a convenient and user-friendly way for the public to monitor progress of FEMA-supported recovery initiatives in their neighborhoods.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Gulf Coast Recovery Office, in conjunction with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding (OFC), recently launched the second phase of a major Web site initiative on government transparency. The Transparency Initiative resulted from the need to bring greater clarity as to how billions of federal dollars are supporting recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast. The newly designed Web information tool demonstrates what federal funding has been spent or set aside for the recovery of schools, hospitals, fire and police stations and other efforts. (Read More)

Transparency in FEMA Public Assistance Grants

Gulf Coast Recovery MapsFEMA is helping rebuild public infrastructure in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama that was devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Even the most basic services, that we take for granted in our everyday lives, were destroyed or literally washed away.

FEMA is funding tens of thousands of projects around the Gulf to rebuild hospitals, schools, roads, bridges, power stations, government facilities, and other public services that will aid the recovery and ensure the long term strength of the region. Click on the Recovery Map icon to learn more about the projects in different areas.

Historic Preservation Considerations for Mississippi HMGP Projects

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Rebuilding Historic Louisiana: Historic Preservation Resources

The following information was developed for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) which aims to assist citizens with mitigating their structures damaged as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  While this information is geared toward those receiving HMGP grant funding, this guidance can also be useful for all property owners who are faced with rebuilding or restoring a structure that has historical value. (Read More)

FEMA Announces Limited Exception For Work In Progress

Property owners who have already begun or completed mitigation work such as elevation, reconstruction or retrofitting to their structures damaged by hurricanes Katrina or Rita may be eligible for hazard mitigation funding under a new limited exception from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). (Read More)

Rebuilding Public Schools in New Orleans

FEMA has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education, to provide detailed funding and status information about public schools in New Orleans. We encourage you to click on Public Schools in New Orleans to learn more about the funding that has been provided to schools in New Orleans, and to see which schools have re-opened.

Public Assistance for Gulf Coast Infrastructure- Priority Projects

FEMA's Public Assistance program provides grant funds to the States and local communities to assist them in repairing and rebuilding public infrastructure, such as schools, police and fire stations, hospitals, roads, and utilities.

The local communities have identified several high priority rebuilding projects.  To learn more about high priority projects, including the current status and the assistance FEMA has provided to date, please visit:  This page includes detailed information about high priority projects in:

For the latest status of FEMA's Public Assistance funding for the Gulf Coast, please refer to our weekly reports:

3 Years Later: Recovery Continues Along The Gulf Coast

Hurricane Katrina, Three Years Later
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Last Modified: Monday, 05-Jan-2009 13:42:59 EST

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