LSBA Disaster Response


Dear Members:

The Louisiana State Bar Association is committed to serving the needs of our members and the public in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We offer our compassionate support to our members in Louisiana and our neighbors in Texas who have been affected by this devastating storm.
 
The LSBA has activated our Disaster Response website, dedicated to providing valuable information on displacement resources, court closures, emergency declarations and assistance for flood victims. The website’s Disaster Response Message Board was created to help facilitate the giving and receiving non-monetary donations like housing help, office equipment, commuting assistance and employment opportunities.  Please visit the message board if you are willing to donate, or are in need of donations.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation to assess the need for disaster related legal services which often appear days or weeks after the event. Visit the Volunteer page to learn more about how you can help serve disaster survivor's legal needs in Louisiana and Texas.
 
The LSBA sends its warmest thoughts to those impacted by the storm and our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery.
 
Sincerely,

Dona Kay Renegar
2017-2018 LSBA President

When the residents with flood insurance get back in their homes, please ask them to fill out this form and send it to the below address if their policy was issued by FEMA:
NFIP Direct Servicing Agent
P.O. Box 2966
Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-1366

If the policy was issued by a "write-your-own" insurance company, the homeowner will have to send the proof of loss to their insurance company.

The normal deadline for this form is 60 days after the loss. Watch for further information as FEMA may extend the deadline (as they usually do with disasters). The failure to timely submit this form can be fatal to a flood insurance claim.

Link for SFIP Proof of Loss

or download directly from LSBA (right-click and choose "Save Link As")
SOLACE is accepting assistance requests for non-monetary needs from those affected by the severe weather. Requests can be for gift cards, furniture, office space, temporary housing, food, etc. Requests for assistance will be circulated to the 20,000 plus SOLACE members. If you or someone you know needs assistance, forward your request to SOLACE at solaceinfo@lasolace.org or post your request to the LSBA Diaster Response Message Board. Please include an email address that protects the sender's identity.
Disaster Response Announcements
Hotlines Offer Free Legal Assistance in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Free legal hotlines have been activated to offer assistance with issues like FEMA benefits, SBA loans, insurance, landlord-tenant, contractor issues.
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Texas Supreme Court Order allows out of state attorneys to assist with disaster legal needs
Click here to read the order issued by the Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday, August 29th allowing out-of-state lawyers to practice in Texas temporarily if they are displaced by Hurricane Harvey or volunteering to serve hurricane victims.
  • The Louisiana Supreme Court website will log all potential court closure orders. To visit the LSC website, click here
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