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Louisiana Public Library Status Information

Louisiana Library Status Blog (updated by the libraries)

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State Library Status

As of Monday, August 22, 2016, the State Library of Louisiana will resume regular hours of operation:

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Friday: Closed

The State Library of Louisiana will be closed on Thursday, August 18, 2016

The State Library of Louisiana will be closed on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The State Library of Louisiana will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, August 15 & 16, 2016


For State Employees

Disaster Resource Fair for State Employees

Wednesday, August 24, 8-Noon
Thursday, August 25, 1-4 PM

Room 118
Bienville Building
(628 N 4th Street, Baton Rouge)


List of Storage Facilities in Baton Rouge.

Please note that at time of initial uploading, most units had no vacancies.

This file is presented as a spreadsheet (Excel). This file will print on legal-sized paper (8.5x14). East Baton Rouge Parish facilties are listed first, followed by the surrounding parishes in alphabetical order. This is currently a 3 page document.

This list does not constitute an endorsement. Additions, corrections, and changes can be submitted via the "Ask-A-Librarian" link at the bottom of this page, or by sending an email to

Flood Relief Efforts

Summary of Federal Aid For Louisiana Flood Victims

Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Would you like to assist with the flood recovery? You can do so by contributing to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund. The fund makes grants to nonprofits that are caring for needs of our neighbors, and with long-term recovery of South Louisiana.

BRAF has set up a fund for flood relief. You can donate at:

Baton Rouge Business Report: Local organizations helping flood victims list of organizations taking donations

Food Bank

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is up and running at a temporary location at 13112 S. Choctaw. They are accepting donation of non-perishable food items.

More information on their web site:

Basic advice on claims

Summary of Federal Aid For Louisiana Flood Victims

See boxes elsewhere on this page for links to aid applications.

From someone who once worked for FEMA:

FEMA Process Info:  After you fill out your online application, you will receive an email telling you that an inspection is required but it is vague. As a past FEMA employee and someone who has lots of friends that work there,  here is the process that you can't find on-line. 

After registering will be an inspection, FEMA sends an inspector to your property to inspect it and verify damages, prove occupancy (drivers license, utility bill), and prove ownership (title, or insurance), car damages (proof of liability insurance for your car, title and registration will be good to have on hand).   Pictures can help if the work has been done already, and if you can get them do so.

Inspectors work neighborhoods and if the rest of the neighborhood is in similar condition, they will look at that.

SBA sends their own inspectors out (this is if you want a low interest loan).  Keep pictures and receipts in case they want to look at those too.

Resources for Libraries

FAIC (Foundation of the American Iinstitute for Conservation)

Heritage Responders:


LLA Disaster Relief Fund Policy & Application (opens a PDF file)

Official Information (Road Closures, etc.)

Baton Rouge Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness


  • Road Closures
  • Sandbag Locations
  • City/Parish Shelters
  • Government Offfice closures
  • Additional Helpful numbers

Official Louisiana Emergency Information

Governor's Official Disaster Declaration

Apps for Recovery

FEMA app (for your phone)

  • With hurricane season continuing through November 30, the FEMA app is an essential tool to help your family weather the storm, nationwide.
  • Receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
  • Learn what to do before, during and after emergencies with safety tips.
  • Share disaster damage photos on a verified photo-sharing platform.
  • Prepare ahead of time with an emergency kit checklist and safety reminders.
  • Get directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person.
  • Download free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Volunteer Info

Volunteer Louisiana

Volunteer Louisiana has set up a site where you can volunteer to help. Please do not self deploy (that is, just show up at a site and expect to be assigned a meaningful task). Note that volunteers are often needed to do some of the simple, hard, mundane things like washing dishes, please remember that when you volunteer. List

WAFB - "How to Help: Volunteering, make donations, debris removal": information and list

Shelter Information

Updated Shelter List and other closures

A social media site with list of resources (including shelters by parish)

Advocate article with list of Red Cross Shelters

Channel 33 (BR Proud) list of shelters:

Red Cross contact information (toll-free):

List of shelters (as of 8/14):

For immediate assistance, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or our local offices at (800) 256-4733.

Emergency Information

Compilation of some resources

DSNAP Emergency benefits

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.


NNLM (NationalNetwork of  Libraries of Medicine) - South Central Region

Flooding and Disaster Resources

Phone numbers for rescue operations:

(Note ad will play, but text of phone numbers is underneath the video from the station.)

Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

Red Cross contact information (toll-free):

For immediate assistance, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or our local offices at (800) 256-4733.

List of shelters (as of 8/14):

Red Cross Safe & Well list:

Emergency Web Sites by Parish

Baton Rouge City/Parish Emergency Information Links/Contacts

Resources for Flood Victims

DOTD Establishes Regional Transitional Transit Service for Flood Impacted Communities

Capital Area Human Services - Resources for Managing Emotional Responses to Recent Flooding


You now must bring TWO (2) pieces of mail with your new address.