Ouachita Parish Public Library COVID-19 Response

Ouachita Parish Public Library COVID-19 Response
This page has information on Ouachita Parish Public Library’s response to COVID-19. It includes modified procedures and hours.

School COVID-19 Information

Monroe City Schools COVID-19 Information
Information on Monroe City Schools’ reopening plans, as well as virtual schooling options.

Ouachita Parish School Board COVID-19 Information
Information on Ouachita Parish School Board’s reopening plans, as well as virtual schooling options.

Ouachita Parish School Board VIP Information
Information on Ouachita Parish School Board’s Virtual Instructional Program (VIP), including the handbook, registration, and opt-out form.

State COVID-19 Information

Louisiana Department of Health COVID-19 Information
Interactive map of Louisiana’s COVID-19 cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and other data.

Louisiana Workforce Unemployment COVID-19 FAQs
For those facing unemployment in Louisiana, this site offers answers to frequently asked questions about extensions and benefits of the CARES Act.

Open Safely Louisiana
This site allows business owners to register their business and receive updated communication, notifications, and helpful guidance via email from the State Fire Marshal’s Office specific to the business type.

National COVID-19 Information

CDC COVID-19 Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a national public health institute in the United States. The CDC’s COVID-19 site is a reputable source for up-to-date COVID-19 information.

COVID-19 Map from Johns Hopkins University of Medicine
An interactive map of COVID-19 in the US, including cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and other pertinent data.

Things to Know about COVID

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use (poster)
An instructional poster from the CDC showing best practices for handwashing and hand sanitizing.

Stop the Spread of Germs (poster)
A poster from the CDC that explains ways to help mitigate the spread of germs.

Symptoms of COVID-19
The CDC’s list of symptoms caused by COVID-19.

Talking to your kids about COVID-19
CDC has created recommendations to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
Information from the CDC for those who have tested positive for COVID-19. It includes information on how to prevent spreading COVID-19, when to seek emergency medical help, and when it is safe to be around others.



Disaster Recovery

Operated by the United Way of Northeast Louisiana, 211 is a community connection and resource provider. By dialing 211, Louisianians will be connected to trained staff who can refer callers to resources dependent on their need.  211 operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  

511 is Louisiana's official traveler information service. 511 provides continual updates about weather-related road conditions, road work, commercial vehicle restrictions, road closures and other travel information via the phone, Internet or free downloadable mobile app.

FEMA and Flood Insurance Claims Process
From the Acadiana Legal Service Corporation website, this news release from FEMA explains the process of filing a flood insurace claim and how to appeal desicions.

FEMA Application and Appeals Process, brochure
This brochure, from Acadiana Legal Service Corporation website, explains the application and appeal process with FEMA after a disaster.

FEMA Childcare Assistance After a Disaster
FEMA may provide Child Care Assistance to address disaster-caused child care expenses for eligible households.  

FEMA Disaster Recovery
FEMA's Disaster Recovery website with information including Individual Assistance FAQs and Disaster Recovery Center locations.

FEMA: Hurricane Ida Resources
This FEMA site lists state and national recovery resources and a list of parishes included in the federal disaster declaration.  

FEMA Individuals and Households Program
FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disaster, who have uninsured or under-insured necessary expenses and serious needs. 

FEMA: Louisiana State & Local Level Referrals 2020
This list includes web links and telephone numbers for a variety of state and local resources to help recovery efforts after a disaster.

FEMA Mitigation
Mitigation is acting to reduce future risk.  Repair and rebuild safer and stronger after Hurricane Laura.

Information for Renters' Affected by a Disaster
From Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, this brochure explains what renters should and should not do after a disaster.

Legal Needs After a Disaster
From the Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, this page explains the variety of legal needs one may experience after a disaster.

Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC)
The LABEOC supports and connects the public and private sectors during a disaster. The center is a partnership between the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, Louisiana Economic Development, and the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute, a division of the Informatics Research Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Louisiana Guide to Supports & Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Elders and Their Families Affected by Disasters
This guide lists websites and phone number for support service available to Louisianians affected by a disaster.

Louisiana Spirit Crisis Counseling
Operating under the oversight of the Louisiana Department of Health, this program assists individuals and communities in recovering from the effects of disasters through free crisis counseling and stress management services.

Louisiana Statewide Disaster Hotline
1-800-310-7029, The Disaster Response Hotline, operated by the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) and its Young Lawyers Division, is activated whenever a disaster has been declared.  This hotline can connects people in disaster areas with volunteer attorneys and other resources.

Louisiana Volunteer and Relief Organizations
This site lists volunteer and relief organizations in the state of Louisiana that can help after a disaster.

State of Louisiana Hurricane Ida Resources and Updates
This page aggregates information and news releases from throughout the state government that pertain to Hurricane Ida.


Emergency Preparedness

Get a Game Plan
Emergency planning resources from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). Hurricane, flood, severe weather, and other emergency preparedness plans are included with updated with COVID-19 information.

Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide
A PDF of the emergency preparedness guide published by the State of Louisiana. Includes information for individuals and families in the event of both weather and man-made emergencies. This guide includes information, resources, maps, and checklists for Louisianians to use to prepare for emergencies likeliest to impact the state.
Ready is a national public service campaign designed to educate the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.