St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Federal Funding Now Available In St. John the Baptist Parish

Federal Funding Now Available In St. John the Baptist Parish

President Obama has approved St. John the Baptist Parish for disaster relief, and federal funding is now available for residents. This declaration includes eligible Public Assistance (PA) activities beginning August 26th, 2012 and continuing.  Currently the declaration includes Category A (Debris Removal) and Category B (Emergency Protective Measures).

Individuals and households who sustained losses from Hurricane Isaac can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, by a web enabled mobile device at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Many applicants have incurred costs eligible for FEMA Public Assistance reimbursement for measures provided under the Federal Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Isaac. In order to expedite the reimbursement of these costs, applicants should ensure that their appointed designees complete the following actions:

Identify and document eligible work required as a direct result of the declared major disaster. At this time the Federal declaration includes debris removal and emergency protective measures.

Emergency protective measures are those activities undertaken before, during or following a disaster that are necessary to eliminate or reduce an immediate threat to life, public health and safety and/or those activities undertaken to reduce an immediate threat of significant damage to improved public or private property through cost effective measures.

To assist you in identifying the documentation that you will need to track and have available for your kickoff meeting please use the checklist provided: Applicant Kick-Off Checklist

Complete a Request for Public Assistance (RPA)

1. From the home page click the link titled Submit New RPA
2. From this page,
        a. Existing applicants;
                    i. Will click the link.
                    ii. After login, click the name of the applicant you represent under the Applicant You Represent on the right of                      the screen. 
                    iii. Click the Create New Request button.
                    iv. A box will pop up and you will select New Request for Assistance.
                    v. In the From field choose the new disaster in the Grant list.
                    vi. Please fill all information in the form. Fields that are red are required fields.
                                   b. New applicants;
                    i. Will click Access Request.
                    ii. Complete registration.

Should problems arise filling out the RPA online hard copies are available at Request for Public Assistance. Please print, complete, and fax to GOHSEP Public Assistance at (225) 267-2832, attn: Lynne Browning.

Complete the required GOHSEP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and submit the completed and signed agreement to the GOHSEP contacts provided within. 

Designate someone to attend the GOHSEP Applicant Briefing to get important information which will assist you with navigating the PA program. GOHSEP will be scheduling and notifying potential applicants the dates and locations of these briefings. Some of the information that will be addressed are application procedures, administrative requirements, funding, and program eligibility criteria.

After your RPA has been submitted and approved, FEMA will be scheduling Kickoff Meetings. These meetings are substantive, project-oriented meetings for the applicants, State and FEMA. This meeting will focus on the eligibility and documentation requirements. This meeting is an important first step in formulating the scope of work which will be used to write project worksheets to be obligated and reimbursed.

In addition we urge you to utilize the resources available under the LAPA resource tab.  Located on this tab you can view valuable information regarding debris, procurement, cost analysis and documentation requirements.