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prohibited in the past, or where an outdated ordinance needs updating.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 http://www.huduser.org/publications/destech/hurricanes05.html
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.