Business Flood Recovery Information
Those impacted by the flood are asked to begin their claim as soon as possible. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims must first call FEMA at 1-800- 621-FEMA (3362) or access online at www.disasterassistance.gov. There is also an app available for mobile reporting. FEMA representatives are currently serving Acadia Parish out of the Old Wells Fargo Building (10 N. Parkerson Avenue, Crowley) – seven days a week from 8am to 6pm.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE ABOUT CLAIM MATERIALS:
BOTH residents and businesses may receive an SBA packet. DO NOT THROW THIS AWAY or your claim stops!
It is important to note that anyone who receives FEMA or SBA assistance should keep copies of all records, documentation, receipts and bills “for at least three years to demonstrate how all of the money was used in meeting your disaster-related need.” Additionally, sometimes delayed assistance is offered to impacted areas, and without this documentation you will have no support to receive these resources.
Business Recovery Centers (BRCs)
The U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and Louisiana Small Business Development Centers are partnering to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe storms and flooding that began last week.
SBA representatives will provide information on disaster loans to help finance recovery and explain the application process. LSBDC consultants at the center will provide provide program information, answer questions and help businesses apply for this much needed financial help.
• Lafayette: Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) Executive Conference Room, 537 Cajundome Blvd., Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Louisiana Small Business Development Center
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center has activated READY ALERTS, its mobile emergency notification system, which delivers immediate, permission-based business recovery assistance updates via text and email messages.
By texting READY to (318) 769-9921, subscribers will have access to the latest news and information about recovery resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs affected by the recent flooding.
You can customize your alerts here: www.lsbdc.org/READY
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC)
LA BEOC is activated and assisting businesses across the state with response and recovery. LA BEOC connects those who need resources with Louisiana resource providers during response and recovery from an emergency or disaster event. All Louisiana businesses are encouraged to register. Benefits of registering:
- Information alerts of public announcements from government agencies.
- Status Report of your operations to inform emergency responders of any issues hindering the recovery of your business.
- Emergency Products and Services alerts of emergency products and services will be sent to registered companies as they are made available.
- Donations and Volunteer support for the emergency response.
- Registered businesses also get preferred status as suppliers to the state for recovery.
Contact: 337-482-0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Small Business Administration
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. You can apply for loan assistance at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Additional information is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955.
Important deadlines to note: Physical Disaster Loan – September 15, 2016; Economic Injury Loan – May 15, 2017
South Central Planning Development Commission
During this emergency and for a period of 6 months, businesses impacted by the disaster can make application without the denial letter from a bank.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance may be available to your employees who were out of work due to business closings during the flood. At this site, under “Reemployment Services”, click “Start or re-open an unemployment claim” to file. Deadline to file has been extended to Oct. 14, 2016.
BUSINESS SUPPORT from OneAcadia
If your business has been displaced or impacted, contact OneAcadia at info@OneAcadia.com or call 337-789-5244 so that we can connect you with resources.
- For emergencies: 9-1-1
- Louisiana State Police: 225-925-6325 or *LSP from any cell phone
- Acadia Parish Police Jury: www.APPJ.org 337-788-8800
- Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Department: www.APSO.org or 337-788-8700
- FEMA: 1-800-621-3362 or Disasterassistance.gov
- United Way of Acadiana: 337-233-8302; for immediate assistance, dial 2-1-1
- American Red Cross: 1-866-GET- INFO (1-866-438-4636)
- Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-800-351-4889
- Cleco Corporation: 1-800-622-6537
- Entergy: 1-800-ENTERGY; Power Outages: 1-800-9OUTAGE
- Slemco: 1-888-2SLEMCO (1-888-275-3626)