We know that it’s not easy to navigate all the red tape, figure out what aid is legitimate, and get the assistance you need. We are spending time vetting information so you don’t have to. Check back often for up-to-date information that can help you and your business.


For Businesses

**NEW** Vermilion Parish Disaster Recovery Checklist

Download here – updated 9.9.16

FEMA

  • Effective August 16th, 2016, the federal declaration for the state of Louisiana has been updated to include the following eight (8) Acadiana parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion.
  • **NEW** Businesses seeking assistance are urged to register with FEMA if they had any physical or economic damages. Although there may not be any specific programs to assist now, if a new allocation is earmarked for Vermilion, only those registered will be eligible. Register by:

Local Business Damage Assessment & Registration

  • We are coordinating with the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce to collect data on your business damages and losses. Please fill out the form and both organizations will be notified. 
  • All data will remain confidential. We will use your contact information to follow-up on your progress and provide customized information to meet your needs.

Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

  • Registration – By registering (approximately 10 to 15 minutes), you agree to allow business information you provide to be accessed and utilized by LA BEOC participants (including government agencies, academic partners and industry trade organizations) in the State’s disaster response and recovery efforts. Register online here
  • **NEW** Business Recovery Center – provides a one-stop location for flood-affected businesses to access a variety of specialized help. Specialists from SBA and FEMA will be available to meet individually with each business owner.
    Former Health Unit
    401 South Saint Charles Street, Abbeville
    Sundays – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge.

Temporary Office Space

  • One Acadiana, UL Lafayette, LEDA and LITE are teaming up to provide FREE temporary office space that will be set up at the LITE Center, located at 537 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA. This support will come with a shared office space with workspace and Internet connectivity available for businesses. The University will also make available Abdalla Hall and the Picard Center, located in the University Research Park, if needed.
  • For more information, please contact Heidi Melancon, director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at (337) 482-6312 or hmelancon@lsbdc.org.

SBA Disaster Loans

    • SBA’s Disaster Loan Program is not exclusively for small businesses. These low-interest, long-term loans are available for damage to private property owned by individuals, families, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofits not fully covered by insurance. While property owners usually have some insurance coverage, often it does not cover all losses or even the type of hazard that caused the damage. And that’s where a disaster loan comes into play.
    • Read more about eligibility and application.
    • The Lafayette Disaster Reovery Center mentioned above can assist with the application at no charge!
    • Download the SBA Disaster Loans Fact-Sheet

Small Business Development Center Ready Alerts

  • Text READY to (318) 769-9921 to receive access to the latest news and information about recovery resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs affected by the recent flooding
  • Also visit lsbdc.org/ready to subscribe and customize your subscription to receive updates pertaining to a specific geographic area

Tax Relief

  • The Internal Revenue Service announced Louisiana storm victims will have until Jan. 17, 2017, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. All workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization also qualify for relief.
  • The IRS said that affected taxpayers in the designated parishes will receive tax relief and other special tax relief.
  • The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Aug. 11, 2016. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until Jan. 17, 2017 to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This includes the Sept. 15 deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments. For individual tax filers, it also includes 2015 income tax returns that received a tax-filing extension until Oct. 17, 2016.

For Residents & Donors

FEMA

  • Effective August 16th, 2016, the federal declaration for the state of Louisiana has been updated to include the following eight (8) Acadiana parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion.
  • Individuals seeking assistance should register with FEMA by doing one of the following:
  • **NEW**FEMA has set up a Disaster Recovery Center in Abbeville at the former Health Unit (401 S. St. Charles St., Abbeville, LA 70510)
    • Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, volunteer groups and other agencies are at the disaster recovery centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.
    • It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.

 Police Jury Notification

  • Vermilion Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is asking that if you know of anyone in Vermilion Parish that has water in their homes, they need to call the Vermilion Parish Police Jury office at (337) 898-4300 or email vermilionppj@yahoo.com.
  • Officials are asking that those with claims to email pictures of the damage. The Police Jury is working to compile a list to see if Vermilion Parish qualifies for Federal Assistance with FEMA.
  • Vermilion Parish OEP says that they also need to know how deep was the water, whether you own the property, and if flood insurance coverage.

 SBA Disaster Loans

    • SBA’s Disaster Loan Program is not exclusively for small businesses. These low-interest, long-term loans are available for damage to private property owned by individuals, families, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofits not fully covered by insurance. While property owners usually have some insurance coverage, often it does not cover all losses or even the type of hazard that caused the damage. And that’s where a disaster loan comes into play.
    • Read more about eligibility and application.
    • The Lafayette Disaster Reovery Center mentioned above can assist with the application at no charge!
    • Download the SBA Disaster Loans Fact-Sheet

Abbeville Residents

The City of Abbeville has set up an email to help with any issues that may come up. Anyone in Abbeville with questions can direct those to flooddamage2016@cityofabbeville.net

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

  • Pre-register online at www.dcfs.la.gov/preregister or by phone beginning August 16, at 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1- 888-524-3578) daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Name, Social Security Number and Date of Birth for each household member • Current address and parish of household • Monthly income for each household member • All liquid assets for each household member (cash on hand, checking, savings) • The information will be kept securely on fi le and will be confidential. • The pre-registration process does not guarantee benefits, but is designed to save time, minimize long lines and prevent applicants from coming to the site only to find out that they do not have the right information needed to apply
  • The following location will be open Monday, August 22, through Saturday, August 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
    • Vermilion Parish ZIP Codes 70510, 70533, 70548, 70555, 70575, 70578, and 70592:
      The location will be at the First Baptist Church, 210 N. St. Charles, in Abbeville.
    • To minimize wait times, applicants and anyone who pre-registered for benefits should go to a DSNAP location only on one of the days indicated by the first letter of their last name. Applicants who are unable to visit a site on their designated day should go on one of the final days specified.
      For the above locations, applicants should go on the following designated days, based on their last name.
      Monday, August 22: A-D
      Tuesday, August 23: E-K
      Wednesday, August 24: L-R
      Thursday, August 25: S-Z
      Friday, August 26: A-K applicants unable to make prior scheduled day
      Saturday, August 27: L-Z applicants unable to make prior scheduled day
    • Those applying for DSNAP MUST go to a specified DSNAP site for the parish where they resided during the disaster to apply and receive benefits, if eligible.Representative to go to a DSNAP site on their behalf. Authorized Representatives must bring with them to the DSNAP site a picture ID and the picture ID of the applicant/head of household along with a signed statement from the applicant/head of household or an adult household member authorizing them as a representative.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

  • The Louisiana Workforce Commission is accepting applications for DUA from residents and businesses in the following parishes until the deadline of September 15, 2016: The parishes of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Acadia, Ascension, East Feliciana, Iberia, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry and Vermilion.
  • Individuals affected in these designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by established deadlines. DUA is available to those who:
    • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
    • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage of destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
    • Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income;
    • Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
    • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster or
    • Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.
  • Applications filed after the deadline will be considered untimely and DUA benefits may be denied unless the individual provides good cause. Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs and documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. In some cases, additional documentation may be required. To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed.
  • DUA is available from weeks of unemployment beginning August 14, 2016 and up to February 18, 2017, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster.
  • To file for DUA, applicants should apply online by visiting www.laworks.net and filing an application through the LWC’s HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) portal or by calling the Benefits Analysis Team at 1-866-783-5567 Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT. Due to high call volume at this time, applicants are encouraged to try the online method first. Additional information is available at www.laworks.net.

Clean-Up Efforts

  • Residential clean-up kits are available at no charge to Vermilion Parish resident via the ASSIST Agency. The 0ffice is located at 407 Charity Street Abbeville, LA 70510. Residents will need to provide proof of residency (via a picture ID)
  • From now through September 16, 2016, a free hotline has been set up to connect you with local relief agencies that can assist in cleaning out homes. All services are free. Call 1-800-451-1954 or visit crisiscleanup.org

Donation Drop Off & Pick Up – **NEW**

  • Second Harvest Food Bank has relationships with food banks across the parish:
    • Briggs Learning Center
      710 Huey St., Abbeville, LA 70511
      Tues 8am – Noon
      (337) 654-8343
    • New Beginnings Primitive Baptist Church
      622 E. Veterans Memorial Dr., Abbeville, LA 70546
      1st Sat 8am – 3pm
      (337) 780-5048
    • St. Mary Magdalen Christian Service Center
      701 Chevis St., Abbeville, LA 70510
      Pantry: Mon – Wed 8am – 1pm
      Soup Kitchen: Mon – Thurs 8am – 1pm
      (337) 893-9756
  • Donation Opportunities Across the Region – The Daily Advertiser has assembled a great listing of places accepting and distributing donations. Access the list here.

Volunteering

Register through United Way to help where the greatest need exists

Shelter volunteering

Insurance

To protect you while you recover from the flooding, insurance companies are temporarily prevented from canceling any insurance policies (health, property, etc.). Emergency Rule 27 issued by the Louisiana Department of Insurance gives people dealing with flood damage more time to comply with their policy provisions and retroactively suspends the laws concerning cancelations, terminations, nonrenewals, and nonreinstatements of insurance policies. Emergency Rule 27 applies to Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, and any other parishes that may receive a Major Disaster Declaration.


Emergency Contacts

  • For Emergencies: 9-1-1
  • Louisiana State Police: 225-925-6325 or *LSP from any cell phone
  • FEMA: 1-800-621-3362 or Disasterassistance.gov
  • Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOTD) – Real-time road closures: www.511la.org
  • 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)
  • Vermilion Donations Coordinator, Pastor Lane Payne: (337) 789-7729
  • LA BEOC, Michael Dunaway: (337) 482-0600 or mdunaway@louisiana.edu or http://www.labeoc.org/labeoc/welcome.aspx
  • FUEL Member Assitance: info@fuelvermilion.com
  • Vermilion Economic Development Alliance, After Hours: info@developvermilion.org
  • Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: http://gohsep.la.gov/
  • Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network: www.lsbdc.org/

Disaster-Recovery Businesses

If you have a recovery-oriented business, we’d love to hear about it. Whether you are a contractor, carpenter, plumber, roofer, or cleaner. Each business will be vetted to ensure its legitimacy. All that pass the test will be added to our website and social media. We would love as many local businesses as possible assisting their neighbors in the cleanup efforts. If you are one of these businesses, and are seeking contract labor to assist, we’d love to know that too! Please email details to info@developvermilion.org 

Cassidy Improvements – Erath (residential remodeling): (337) 517-1840
Davidson Construction – Abbeville (for referrals): (337) 898-1870
Executive Inn – Abbeville (rooms for rent): (337) 740-4666
Francis GE Center – Abbeville (repairing wet appliances): (337) 898-9102
Hardy Home Center – Gueydan (for referrals & supplies):
(337) 536-6727
Honey Do’s Too – Maurice: (337) 652-8944
Kirk Meaux – Kaplan (handyman):
(337) 523-7890
Meaux Lumber – Kaplan (for referrals & supplies): 
(337) 643-7465
Minvielle Lumber – Abbeville (for referrals & supplies): (337) 893-3881
Otto Hebert Lumberyard – Erath (for referrals & supplies): (337) – 685-2324
Platt’s Installation – Lafayette (home improvement): (318) 715-0488
Jimmy Soirez (carpentry & home improvement): (337) 937-5952 or (337) 322-6345
We’ve gotten word from all our local hotels, and despite some wet parking lots, they’re all ready to house displaced residents. Check out the Accomodations page on the Tourism Commission website for a listing.business-checklist-for-web-updated-9-9