Disaster assistance teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin Thursday canvasing Bossier Parish neighborhoods that have been damaged by flood waters.
Teams, in coordination with the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, will visit the town of Haughton, Tall Timbers, Golden Meadows and Pecan Valley Mobile Home Park. As waters recede in south Bossier and the Lake Bistineau area, teams will move into those areas.
“These teams are boots on the ground to let the people know that help has arrived,” said BOHSEP Director Ian Snellgrove.
Snellgrove said the teams will meet face-to-face with residents affected to help with their needs and answer questions about FEMA’s individual assistance program. Team members will be sure residents are enrolled in the FEMA database.
“If the team finds someone who has not enrolled and reported flood damage, they have the necessary electronic equipment to sign them up on site,” Snellgrove said.
FEMA teams will also be on hand at the parish Forward Assistance Centers (FAC) to help residents and to answer questions. Locations of the assistance centers and times of operation are:
- Platt Elementary School, 680 Hwy. 80 E. Haughton, Thursday March 17, 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
- Elm Grove Elementary School, 1541 Old Hwy. 71, Elm Grove, Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m. until noon.
- Curtis Elementary School, 5600 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, Saturday, March 19, 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Snellgrove said all FEMA employees would be in an official logo shirt with their federal FEMA credentials displayed and visible. Employees will also have be carrying another form of identification.