To help Hurricane Ida Louisiana survivors with roof damage, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activated its Operation
Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne. This program is a free service to homeowners.
Q: What is Operation Blue Roof?
A: Operation Blue Roof is a program offered by FEMA through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to eligible homeowners and landlords. It provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws. The homeowner/landlord must legally agree to allow the Corps contractors access to the property by signing a Right of Entry (ROE) form.
Q: What is a Right of Entry?
A: The Right of Entry (ROE) is a legal requirement that allows Corps workers to access your property and assess damage to your home. The ROE also allows contracted crews to work on your roof.
Q: How does a homeowner, landlord or renter get a Blue Roof?
A: Call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) or visit the Jacksonville District website at www.saj.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof to find a location where Right of Entry (ROE) forms are being collected.
Q: Who can get a Blue Roof?
A: Only applicants in primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes may be repaired as practical on a case by case basis. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program.
Q: How long until a roof is repaired?
A: The Corps is covering roofs in the hardest hit counties first. The Corps will respond to every person who has completed a ROE as rapidly as possible. Every property that has a signed ROE will be visited.
Q: If a home is being rented, can a tenant sign a right of entry form?
A: Yes the tenant may sign the form, but must have a letter from the landlord stating that the tenant has permission to sign for the landlord
Q: Will the work be charged to my insurance?
A: There is no charge to the homeowner or landlord. However, you should contact your insurance company. They may want to document the damage and assist with permanent repairs.
Q: How long will a Blue Roof last?
A: The plastic is a reinforced, water-proof material that is designed to last 30 days. We recommend homeowners make arrangements for permanent roof repairs within 30 days if possible.
Q: What contractors will be performing the work?
A: Official Contracting Companies assigned to Program
If Lavis Law Firm can help you in any way, do not hesitate to contact us. The evaluation of your Hurricane Ida insurance claim is free. There is no cost and no obligation. Let us get you the money you deserve. If you prefer, you may contact us at 504-834-4000 or toll-free 1-866-558-9151.