Sunday, September 5, 2021
To: ALL HOUMA-TERREBONNE HOUSING AUTHORITY RESIDENTS
We thank God that you are able to read this communication. The catastrophic impact of Hurricane Ida has caused damage to most, if not all, of our Houma-Terrebonne Housing Authority properties. HTHA residents, we know that you, like every person/home/business in Terrebonne Parish, are facing difficult times in the aftermath of this historic storm. We are sharing the following information to aid you as you navigate your way through the process of temporary shelter, assessing personal property damage, and/or seeking various forms of assistance. Remember, DOCUMENTATION IS ESSENTIAL.
If you were impacted by Hurricane Ida, and have not done so already, Hurricane Ida, please register at the official FEMA website www.fema.gov. To apply for assistance: Online at DisasterAssistance.gov , Call 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-200-462-7585, or Download the FEMA App from the Apple or Google Play stores.
IF YOUR UNIT IS UNINHABITABLE: Take pictures of all your personal property and the damages within your unit. Include pictures of the exterior of your unit, which includes your unit number. This will be helpful is you are eligible to file a claim with FEMA. You can then take away all of your belongings. Be sure to leave all of your contact information on the kitchen counter. Be sure to lock your doors and close your windows prior to vacating the unit.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY IN YOUR UNIT RIGHT NOW: Please know there is very little we can do for you at this time. Without power, running water, and sewer services – you will not have sanitary conditions, which could lead to health and safety issues.
If you are currently staying at either Houma-Terrebonne Housing Authority site, please text your full name, residential site (Bayou Towers or Senator Circle), and Unit Number to one of these numbers: (985) 637-3043, (985) 381-1950, (985) 266-4982, or (985) 688-5340.
The Board of Commissioners and our entire staff cares about you and your family. If you can safely relocate somewhere else, we strongly urge you to do so. The road ahead will be tedious, but we have faith that we will be able to complete necessary repairs. We will come back stronger and better than ever. Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you.
Nikita Gilton, Executive Director
Houma-Terrebonne Housing Authority
Symptoms can range from little to no symptoms to severe symptoms that can lead to illness or death.
Common Symptoms Include:Fever • Cough • Shortness of BreathLoss of Smell and/or Taste
Extreme Symptoms Include: Pain and Pressure in Chest • Difficulty Breathing Bluish Lips and Face • Confusion
Symptoms can appear in 2-14 days. If you have these symptoms self quarantine and contact your healthcare provider .
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
IF YOU ARE INFECTED
- Stay home except to get medical care and avoid public areas.
- Separate yourself from others in your home.
- Call your doctor before visiting to inform them you believe you have COVID-19.
- Wear a face mask and cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean “High Touch Areas” and personal items.
- Monitor symptoms and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.