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Additional Resources

The Impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana’s Energy Infrastructure and National Energy Markets (a presentation by David Dismukes, associate director for the Louisiana State University Center for Energy Studies) examines the current energy markets and the impacts that have occurred in the wake of the hurricanes. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded from the site.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has developed disaster assistance programs to help people recover from disasters and rebuild their lives by providing affordable, timely and accessible financial assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace the primary residence. Loans of up to $40,000 are available to renters and homeowners to cover losses to personal property like clothing, appliances and furniture. The interest rate is 2.68 percent with 30 year terms and the loans are aimed at covering losses not fully covered by insurance. (MORE)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has compiled a list of relevant publications and resources to help those involved in Gulf Coast hurricane recovery efforts. The package, entitled “Research & Resources for Rebuilding,” is designed as a one-stop-shop for research reports, publications, and information concerning the use of manufactured and modular housing, rehabilitation, storm-resistant building design, and disaster response. The package also provides examples of existing city ordinances and state laws that encourage the use of manufactured or modular housing where prohibited in the past, or where an outdated ordinance needs updating. The list is available at

The Alabama Cooperative Extension Daily Log provides many useful hurricane recovery links. Examples include: USDA Expands Disaster Assistance to Gulf Coast Farmers and Tips for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers.

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