Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

LDA Foundation Grants for Dentists for Disaster Relief

The LDA Foundation offers a grant for Louisiana dentists who encounter property damage due to disasters. Grants are based on financial availability of funds through the LDA Foundation.
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The ADA offers support which may be helpful to dentists who may be affected by disasters. This includes preparation and recovery information for dental practices.
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Recommended Checklist for Doctors:

  • Stay informed on the evolving event, and share that information with personnel/staff/employees to ensure enough time to take appropriate action.
  • Maintain an updated contact list of all personnel/staff/employees, including home phone numbers, cell phones and other emergency contact numbers. Encourage staff to share their personal evacuation plans and their availability for post-event emergency efforts.
  • Make decisions early about closing the office, or availability in services provided by your practice to your patients.
  • Communicate major changes in your office operations with patients; be prepared to answer questions about rescheduling options, alternative treatment facilities and what they can do to maintain care.
  • Charge cell phones and laptops prior to event.
    Bring office server and back up files with you in the event of an evacuation; Files may not be easily accessed on another server with different software.
  • In the event of an evacuation, take important office business documents, such as insurance policies, payroll information, lease agreements, etc., with you when you leave.

Miscellaneous Resources, Phone Numbers, and Websites

Federal Disaster Assistance: The first step you should take is apply for federal financial aid by registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

American Red Cross Flood Information for Louisiana: http://www.redcross.org/local/louisiana/flood-information or call 1-866-GET INFO (438-4636); Baton Rouge ARC - 225-291-4533; New Orleans ARC - 504-620-3105; Shreveport ARC - 318-865-9545; Monroe ARC - 318-323-5141; Alexandria ARC - 318-442-6621; Lafayette ARC - 337-234-7371; or Covington ARC - 504-620-3105.

Governors Office of Emergency Preparedness (Many resources, packing lists and preparation lists): www.gohsep.la.gov  or http://www.getagameplan.org/Soundviewmedical

Department of Insurance Resources: https://www.ldi.la.gov/floodrecovery/  

Louisiana Department of Economic Development Flood Recovery Assistance: http://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/flood-recovery-assistance

Disaster Nutrition Plan: http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=360 (If your household is impacted by damages or lost wages due to a hurricane or other disaster (like flooding), you may qualify for DSNAP. DSNAP provides eligible low- to moderate-income households - who do not normally receive SNAP benefits - with help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.)

Whom to Contact About Replacement of Important Documents:

Driver's License
Department of Motor Vehicles
Government Issued ID
Contact the issuing authority 
Insurance policies
Your insurance agent or company
Military discharge
Department of Veterans Affairs
225-922-0500, 1-800-827-1000 or TDD/TTY 1-800-829-4833
State Department—Passport Services
202-955-0430 (24 hours)
Birth, death and marriage certificates
Bureau of Records in the appropriate state
Social Security or Medicare cards
Local Social Security office
1-800-772-1213 or TDD/TTY 1-800-325-0778
Credit cards
The issuing companies as soon as possible
Contact issuing financial institution
Contact issuing financial institution
American Express
1-800-discover (1-800-347-2683), TDD/TTY 1-800-347-7449
Titles to deeds
Records department of the area in which the property is located
Stocks and bonds
Issuing company or your broker
Your attorney
Income tax record
The IRS center where filed, your accountant or 1-800-829-1040
Citizenship papers
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
Mortgage Papers
Lending institution