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  • Area high school students developing winning app for disaster assistance

    January 8, 2016 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge high school student attending the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches is one of five in a group competing to win an award for an app that solves problems in local communities. The group, which also includes a... more »
  • EBR Constable recalls Katrina in effort to help to tornado victims Play Video

    December 28, 2015 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A truckload of relief is heading to storm ravaged areas of North Mississippi. The East Baton Rouge Constable's Office collected clothes, toys, and personal items to deliver to Ashland, Mississippi. The small town near the Tennessee boarder was devastated by a tornado two days before Christmas. Ashland... more »
  • USDA expands drought aid eligibility in La. and Miss

    October 22, 2015 4:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers and ranchers in nearly 70 percent of Louisiana's parishes and of Mississippi's counties are now eligible for drought disaster aid. In Mississippi, USDA added 10 counties to the list of primary disaster areas on Thursday, bringing the total to 30.... more »
  • Red Cross to raise money for South Carolina at Tiger Stadium Saturday

    October 7, 2015 9:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Red Cross is teaming up with LSU to help with disaster relief when LSU hosts USC for a USC home game at Tiger Stadium. “ LSU fans are always stepping up, and generously, to care for our neighbors facing and recovering from disasters – especially... more »
  • $116 million in FEMA reimbursements tied up Play Video

    October 5, 2015 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two reports detail how $116 million in FEMA disaster reimbursement requests is tied up waiting for paperwork to be filled out correctly. The reports come from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor who is paid around $4 million a year to check the documents along with the Governor's Office... more »
  • First responders take part in week long animal rescue training

    August 23, 2015 6:11 PM

    GONZALES, La. - Various groups and organizations from all over the country are getting trained in rescuing animals in case of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Groups like the American Humane Association along with LSU School of Veterinary Medicine took part in the training. One of the instructors, Dick... more »
  • State disaster agency watching TS Danny Play Video

    August 18, 2015 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's disaster response agency will start coordinating with parish and municipal leaders Wednesday about Tropical Storm Danny. A spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said it's standard protocol whenever a tropical depression forms in the Atlantic. If the storm does threaten... more »
  • USDA: 35 Louisiana parishes natural disaster areas

    July 23, 2015 7:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a natural disaster involving 35 Louisiana parishes and eight counties in three neighboring states because of floods and storms from April 27 through June 26. Farmers and ranchers can apply for low-interest loans to help them recover from severe damage. USDA... more »
  • Baton Rouge accepts $2.1 million settlement from BP

    July 15, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge agreed to accept a settlement of $2.14 million dollars from BP for economic losses caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set a July 15 deadline for local governments to... more »
  • Louisiana's disaster declaration approved

    July 14, 2015 8:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The federal government has approved Louisiana's request for a disaster declaration for the Red River flooding that caused damage across a half-dozen parishes in the last month. Mike Steele of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the Obama Administration approved the declaration Monday for... more »
  • 33 years ago today: an aviation weather tragedy

    July 9, 2015 9:19 AM

    Weather along the Gulf Coast during the month of July doesn't offer much variation-heat, humidity and pop-up thunderstorms can all be expected. That doesn't mean it isn't unpredictable. Unpredictability and a lesser understanding of thunderstorm behavior on this date 33 years ago contributed to one of the worst aviation disasters... more »
  • Saving Louisiana Oysters Play Video

    February 20, 2015 5:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The oyster industry is still recovering from the BP oil spill The men and women who work the coast are p ushing hard to keep the jewel of Louisiana seafood viable . Oysters play a pivotal role on the coast. "For over 150 years, the... more »
  • Obama declares Napa earthquake major disaster

    September 12, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Northern California because of the Napa Valley earthquake, releasing emergency federal funding for the state. The White House announced the move in a statement Thursday night. It comes nine days after Gov. Jerry Brown sent a letter to... more »
  • Australia focuses on both Malaysian jet disasters

    July 23, 2014 1:57 AM

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia says the hunt for the Malaysian airliner that vanished off the Australian coast continues uninterrupted despite the top search official shifting his attention to recovering bodies from the Ukraine air disaster. Angus Houston heads Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center, which oversees the search for Malaysia Airlines... more »
  • Divers renew search for South Korea ferry dead

    April 28, 2014 6:16 AM

    JINDO, South Korea - Dozens of divers are again searching the sunken ferry off the southern South Korean coast. There are some 114 people believed missing, but the search had to be suspended over the weekend because of poor weather, strong currents and floating debris clogging the ship's rooms. A... more »
  • Obama visits South Korea

    April 25, 2014 4:25 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - President Barack Obama's visit to South Korea is being tinged by the nation's mourning over this month's ferry disaster. Obama was due at the Blue House, the South Korean equivalent of America's White House, on Friday for an evening of talks with President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay).... more »
  • $3 million grant awarded to St. Bernard Project

    April 24, 2014 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Z Zurich Foundation is giving a $3 million grant to St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable way. The grant is a three-year commitment to create a Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab that will share... more »
  • SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

    April 21, 2014 6:27 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean President Park Geun-hye says the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed 'unforgivable, murderous acts' in the disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing. She made the comments Monday at a Cabinet briefing. The captain initially told passengers... more »
  • South Korea says nearly 300 missing in ferry disaster Play Video

    April 16, 2014 6:10 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - Officials in South Korea say nearly 300 people are still missing several hours after a ferry sank in the cold waters off the country's southern coast. At least two people are confirmed dead, but there are fears of a much bigger death toll as dozens of... more »
  • Disaster strikes home for third time Play Video

    April 8, 2014 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Angles Scales is no stranger to disaster, but she didn't think she'd have to face it again so soon after moving back into her home. Sunday night, a water oak crashed into her house, nearly crushing two girls she's hosting from France. The girls escaped without... more »
  • Owner of burned home given an ultimatum

    January 14, 2014 10:46 PM

    BAKER- City leaders gave a homeowner less than three months to demolish his home after it burned when a plane crashed into it seven months ago. Since the crash, the home has sat vacant and charred. Neighbors say it's an eyesore and want it torn down. The pilot... more »
  • Video captures moment sinkhole swallows land, trees Play Video

    August 21, 2013 10:54 PM

    BAYOU CORNE- It is probably the most shocking video released of the situation in Assumption Parish, where a sinkhole has been swallowing land. Wednesday evening, the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness posted on its blog video of land being swallowed into the hole and water churning. It... more »
  • St. Helena school district adopts disaster plan

    July 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish School Board has approved a disaster operations plan for the parish's school district in case of any future major emergencies or disasters. The six-page document outlines a plan that can be used for inclement weather, fires, hazardous materials incidents, terrorist threats and "other potential... more »
  • Baseball fans give generously for tornado relief

    June 11, 2013 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU and Oklahoma fans attending last week's Super Regional matchup gave generously to support tornado disaster relief back in the Sooner State, according to the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Red Cross. Spokesperson Nancy Malone said fans opened their wallets to give more than $14,130... more »
  • Residents urged to pre-apply for disaster food aid

    June 1, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - With the start of the 2013 hurricane season, Louisiana officials are urging residents to pre-apply online for disaster food benefits. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called disaster food stamps, provides food assistance for eligible households that do not get regular benefits and need help... more »
  • State agency calls for disaster volunteers

    May 29, 2013 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials called for volunteers to help support Louisiana in case of an emergency this hurricane season. "Volunteers are the backbone of our response to emergencies like hurricanes," said Assistant Secretary for Public Health J.T. Lane. DHH said Louisiana Volunteers in Action (LAVA) can provide... more »
  • No new funds needed for Okla. tornado recovery

    May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers and officials say the federal government has plenty of money on hand to pay for recovery efforts in the devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma. The government has more than $11 billion in its main disaster relief fund. Recovery costs in Moore, Okla., are expected to be... more »
  • Red Cross volunteers deploy to Oklahoma

    May 21, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Teams of Red Cross volunteers in Louisiana left today to help people affected by a devastating tornado in Oklahoma. Red Cross spokesperson Nancy Malone said teams from Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette and Lake Charles all headed north early Tuesday morning with Emergency Response Vehicles. ... more »
  • Haliburton seeking settlement over Gulf oil spill

    April 22, 2013 10:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says it is trying to negotiate a settlement over its role in the disaster. Halliburton Chief Financial Officer Mark McCollum said Monday that talks are at an "advanced stage." The... more »
  • Concerns mount in Bayou Corne

    March 8, 2013 10:22 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Preparing for a worst-case scenario is what residents are cautious of in the homes surrounding a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish. Residents are wondering why a remedy is taking so long and are faced with a tough reality. The mess has already cost Texas Brine... more »
  • Expert testifies BP cuts led to Gulf oil disaster

    February 26, 2013 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The first testimony in the civil trial over the Gulf oil spill came from an expert who said he found evidence the company's penchant for cutting costs led to the disaster. Robert Bea, a University of California Berkeley engineering professor, said BP PLC did not put... more »
  • President Obama signs disaster declaration for La.

    February 22, 2013 10:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barak Obama signed a major disaster declaration today for the state of Louisiana, freeing up federal funds to help pay for damage caused by flooding and storms last month. The funding will be available to state and eligible local governments, as well as certain nonprofit... more »
  • Jindal asks for disaster declaration after January floods

    February 18, 2013 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal asked FEMA today to expedite a disaster declaration after statewide flooding last month. Jindal sent a letter requesting the declaration to the federal government, saying Louisiana saw more than $6.5 million in damage from the widespread floods between Jan. 8 and 17. ... more »
  • Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

    January 28, 2013 5:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate on Monday cleared the bill, 62-36. Northeast lawmakers say the money is desperately needed to help recovery efforts from the one of the region's worst storms.... more »
  • People with flood damage asked to call it in

    January 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency officials asked Livingston Parish residents to take time from their cleanup efforts and call in any water damage they received from recent flooding. The parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness needs the information to apply for any public assistance that could be made... more »
  • Livingston Parish residents fight flooding, more rain

    January 14, 2013 10:27 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish residents continued cleanup efforts after flooding last week and more rain this weekend. The parish declared a disaster after heavy rains last week flooded low-lying portions of the parish and swelled river levels. Gov. Bobby Jindal also issued an emergency declaration for the state... more »
  • Mayor Holden signs disaster declaration for EBR

    January 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden officially declared a local disaster for East Baton Rouge Parish after two days of rainfall and localized flooding. The declaration activates parish emergency response plans and other activities. Holden's office noted that while the rain has stopped, the Amite and Comite rivers... more »
  • La. buys wetlands with oil spill settlement funds

    January 8, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has acquired more than 11,000 acres of wetlands in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes as part of a conservation project funded by a settlement over the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana said Monday that the $6.7 million purchase of the... more »

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