With Louisiana being so harshly and frequently affected by natural disasters, the Disaster Field Inspector Certification is intended to introduce entry-level concepts and best practices to candidates seeking employment as an Inspection/Estimator. Currently, Inspector/Estimator opportunities are offered through the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program. The RLHP was created after the catastrophic Louisiana flooding which affected more than 91,000 homes – and declaring 51 of its 64 parishes disaster parishes. As a result, the State of Louisiana received approximately $1.3 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) which funds the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program (RLHP).
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Individuals who successfully complete this training and obtain certification are deemed qualified candidates for Inspector/Estimator positions for the RLHP, and if hired, this experience be applied to functional inspection occupations in both the governmental and private industries including: insurance, construction, building, and compliance for future disaster recovery efforts.
Any home wanting to utilize the RLHP must be inspected prior to receiving assistance. This training allows for a highly qualified pool of individuals readily available to complete the required inspections. To date, more than 45,000 households have registered for the assistance program repair, rehabilitate, reconstruct, reimburse and elevate damaged homes.
To further illustrate the urgency, demand, and importance of this training, consider the devastation Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused in August 2017 along the Gulf Coast with Texas, Florida, and parts of Alabama suffering the worst damage. In Texas alone, more than 450,000 homes were impacted (5 times the damage of the Louisiana flooding of 2016). This training will provide a professional baseline for individuals who want to pursue a career in helping disaster-stricken areas recover and become more resilient.