Elected officials are holding a community meeting in New Orleans East tonight to discuss the steps being taken to help property owners recover from the recent tornado.
Representatives will be on hand from various federal, state, and local recovery agencies to answer questions about Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) application processes, food assistance, debris removal, permitting processes and volunteer assistance.
Since the tornado struck two weeks ago, city, state and federal partners have been working to assist residents in the recovery effort. .
City employees and contractors have removed over 9,079 tons of debris from the impacted area and the administration and City Council introduced an ordinance to waive building permit fees for those hit by the tornado. In addition, residents have have benefited from the efforts of a surge of volunteers from the faith-based, non-profit, and business community. This past weekend, hundreds of volunteers participated in a Volunteer Day of Action, and the NBA players, legends, and partner organizations pitched in to support the recovery while they were in town for the NBA All-Star Game.
Tonight's meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Household of Faith Church on the I-10 Service Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.