Government Technology sponsored by Curam Software. Louisiana is no stranger to natural disasters. In September 2008, Hurricane Gustav tore through the state, wreaking havoc. The fear of mass flooding and an already fragile infrastructure weren’t the only challenges Gustav threw at Louisiana when it swept through the state.
The storm also forced the state’s Department of Social Services (DSS) to take a hard look at the way it distributed benefits through its federally funded Disaster Food Stamps program, which provides money for groceries to eligible households that have lost income or suffered damage in a disaster.