LCPA is here to help.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the many impacted by the historic, widespread flooding throughout southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi. We know all too well the devastating impact caused to homes and businesses.
We will continue to keep you updated on additional resources and assistance as they become available.
If you need assistance, please email Diana Diazdeleon and let us know what you need, whether it’s supplies, furniture, short-term office space, able bodies to help with the clean-up, etc. Be as specific as you can. Once we know the most common needs, we’ll be better able to help.
If you were not impacted but want to help by donating supplies, furniture, temporary office space, time to assist with clean-up, etc., email Diana Diazdeleon and we'll do our best to match you with a member in need.
Ron Gitz II, CPA, CGMA
LCPA CEO/Executive Director
Disaster Assistance Forum
We’ve set up an online community for people to connect with each other on flood-related issues. Feel free to reply to an existing discussion or start a discussion of your own. There are members offering temporary office space, so if you're in need, be sure to check it out.
Major Disaster Declared for the State of Louisiana
IRS LA-2016-20 has been updated to reflect the Louisiana parishes which may now be eligible for federal disaster assistance: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
Anyone who has been impacted by this storm should register damages sustained, even if they do not live in these parishes. All registered damage claims in parishes added at a later time will be processed as those parishes are added.
Individuals can register damage on the web or by phone as follows:
Federal Declarations and Types of Assistance which may be available:
- INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE: Assistance to individuals and households
- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities
- HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM: Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards
LDR Disaster Resources: Louisiana taxpayers can find FAQs about the tax implications of disaster recovery along with information about flood-related filing and payment extensions at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/flood.
Register With FEMA
Businesses who sustained losses in the designated parishes can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1.800.621.FEMA.
Download the FEMA App
Be prepared and download the FEMA app free on the App Store and Google Play. Learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies with safety tips and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations. Click here to download the app.
Apply for a Small Business Administration Disaster Loan
Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, nonprofit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact. Click here or call 1.800.659.2955 to apply.
Louisiana Economic Development Flood Recovery Assistance
LED stands ready to assist the business community during the recovery phase. Find resources from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration & more to start the flood recovery process. For Louisiana business affected by recent flooding, please visit the LED website for recovery resources.
Insurance Company Claims Filing Telephone Numbers
The Insurance Information Institute’s website recommends policyholders with questions regarding their coverage for damage caused by a disaster should call the number provided on their policies or contact their insurance agent. Those policyholders unable to get to their policies can contact special toll-free numbers set up by insurance companies. Flood insurance policyholders who don’t know who their insurer or administrator is can contact the National Flood Insurance Program (888.379.9531). The only information required is your name, the state where you live and your zip code. View the list of insurance company claim contact numbers.
Consumer Tips for Natural Disaster Victims
Unfortunately, natural disasters attract con-artists and scammers hoping to prey on people who are down on their luck. Following recent flooding, Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to ensure the citizens of Louisiana are well-prepared. For tips on how to avoid fraud, scams, and price gouging after a natural disaster contact the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800.351.4889 or visit the AG's website.
Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors: online contractor search
Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC): www.lbtc.lsu.edu
Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund
Applications are now being accepted by the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund, which was created to award triage grants to support the thousands of small businesses impacted by the historic flooding in south Louisiana in August 2016. Awards range from $1,000 and $10,000 depending on the damages, purpose, and available funding. Learn more at www.labizrebirth.org.
LCPA Tax Alerts: Be sure to reference our archive of federal and state Tax Alerts.
- Louisiana State Police: 225.925.6325 or *LSP from any cell phone
- American Red Cross: 1.866.GET.INFO (1.866.438.4636)
- Louisiana Department of Justice: ag.state.la.us
- Consumer Protection Hotline: 1.800.351.4889
- Cleco Corporation: 1.800.622.6537
- Entergy: 1.800.ENTERGY; Power Outages: 1.800.9OUTAGE
- Demco: 1.800.262.1160
Washington St. Tammany Electric Cooperative: 985.643.6612; Power Outages: 1.866.672.9773
- Shelter Information for Affected Parishes
- Volunteer Louisiana: statewide online volunteer portal
Financial Assistance for AICPA Members
The AICPA Benevolent Fund was established in 1933 by members of the American Institute of CPAs for the purpose of assisting AICPA members through temporary periods of financial difficulty. The Fund provides assistance with meeting daily subsistence (living) expenses, financial hardship brought on by natural disasters and medical and prescription expenses that exceed insurance coverage brought about by serious illness, an accident, or the death of the primary source of family income.
If you or someone you know are in need of assistance please direct them to the
Benevolent Fund Resource Center on the AICPA.org site or call 866-527-2228.
Watch a short video on the Benevolent Fund by LCPA Member and President, AICPA Benevolent Fund Board of Trustees, Lonnie Stockwell, CPA.
Be Prepared with Important Documents
June 1 until November 30 is hurricane season, and as we all know, a lot can happen in those six months. From heavy rains to catastrophic storms, it's important to be prepared. Aside from the batteries, water, canned goods and other essential items you'll automatically add to your disaster supply kit, the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants reminds you to pack copies of these important personal and financial documents:
- Federal and state tax returns (at least the last three years)
- Essential medical history, insurance card and policy, doctor’s contact info, prescription list
- Mortgage, rental/lease contracts
- Homeowners, renters, car insurance policies and agent contact info
- Inventory and photos/video of your home’s contents and vehicles, receipts/warranties for major purchases
- Pay stubs and an emergency contact list for your employer and coworkers
- Savings/checking account and credit card information
- Retirement account records
- Copies of drivers' licenses, state-issued or military ID
- Birth/adoption records, child custody papers
- Power of attorney, wills
While it seems like a lot of information, it is nonetheless critical if you need to evacuate and claim losses following a disaster. You can scan and save personal data to a flash drive to save space in your emergency kit, or store your files remotely in the cloud – but always use caution and know the limitations of your cloud storage service before your begin uploading sensitive information. Be sure to include a small amount of cash in your supply kit as power outages may mean banks will be closed and ATM and credit cards useless until everything is back up and running.