Disaster and Preparedness Below is a growing list of helpful links and resources. Have a question or a suggestion? Contact us and let us know about it! Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness When severe weather strikes, will you be ready? Your answer to this question is critical to the safety you and your family. The key is to have a winning game plan. This is where the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness can help. Find resources, apps, and more to help you develop a simple but successful game plan before disaster strikes. You can also find helpful Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guides here. For a comprehensive list of agencies throughout the state, the Governor’s office has put together the Louisiana Guide to Supports & Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Elders and Their Families Affected by Disasters. For Those in Immediate Need To find help for your immediate needs, visit DisasterAssistance.gov. From here you can enter an address to get a list of the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and Red Cross units, starting with the closest three. To find the closest hospital, visit Hospital Finder For a complete listing of all emergency management agencies and offices, visit FEMA’s resource site. Emergency Shelters American Red Cross services, including food and shelter, are always provided at no cost – a gift of the American people. Visit their website to find an open shelter. There is no need for a reservation but when you arrive, be sure to let them know if you have any specific needs or requests for equipment, supplies, food, or cultural or religious requirements. They will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Apps and Technology Download the tools you need for preparedness everyday. Find them here. After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. The Red Cross has designed a site called Safe and Well to help make that communication easier. Emergency Preparedness Office of Disability Integration and Coordination Transitional Shelter Assistance Communication Cards The IDHHC developed a free tool called Communication Card to provide Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing individuals a simple way to inform service providers or state and local government of their communication needs. The Card also allows the individual to list the name and contact information of their preferred communication provider. ASL Resources from FEMA View in FEMA Multimedia Library FEMA Resources FEMA has put together some outstanding resources for those who have special considerations during times of disaster. Videos, resources guides, and more, you’ll find it all right here. Lost Pets Lost Pets is a free web resource aimed at reuniting lost and found pets with their families. Originally created to help owners find their pets after the 2016 flood, the database has grown into a collection of lost and found pets from around the state. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) authorizes states to operate D-SNAP in a disaster area. Your state must request FNS approval and must be under a presidential disaster declaration for individual assistance. If you get D-SNAP benefits, you can access them through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. You can use it like a debit card to buy food at most local grocery stores. Find out more here or if you are a resident of Louisiana, your can create and customize your own personal login here.