BATON ROUGE: Louisiana has selected IEM to manage the $1.3 billion Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program, which is designed to help homeowners rebuild after historic floods in March and August 2016. The Homeowner Program is funded by $1.6 billion in flood recovery allocations through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Founded in Baton Rouge in 1985, IEM is a global consulting firm that focuses on emergency management. The company has worked on recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.
“It was our goal to hire a contractor that would provide quality work with rigorous oversight at the most cost savings for the people of Louisiana,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “IEM has made that commitment to the state, and I am personally going to hold them to it. This is a difficult process, and sometimes it takes longer than anyone, including me, would like, but I do believe it’s important for us to get this right.”
Interested subcontractors can contact IEM directly to inquire about rendering their services.
In the meantime, the governor’s Office of Community Development is urging all homeowners affected by the 2016 floods to take a brief survey available now on the restore.la.gov website, which is the first step toward applying for recovery assistance. In the first 72 hours after the survey opened, more than 11,000 people have completed it.
Those without internet access or experiencing problems online can complete the survey over the telephone at (866) 735-2001. The call center is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday for assistance.
Flood-impacted residents are also asked to sign up for email updates through the Restore Louisiana website, restore.la.gov. This is the fastest way to find out information as the process proceeds.