BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Hurricane Ida’s winds caused damage to cemeteries across the southeastern portion of the state and now FEMA may be offering financial assistance for reburials.
Eligibility for this type of FEMA assistance:
- The damage to the grave site or above-ground vault occurred as a result of Hurricane Ida.
- The damage took place in one of the 25 designated parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
- The grave or vault was in a privately owned, licensed cemetery or burial facility and the reburial costs are the legal responsibility of an individual and not the cemetery.
According to FEMA, financial assistance may include:
- Transfer of remains, including locating, gathering, and identifying displaced caskets
- Caskets, containers, vaults, or urns that were damaged
- Burial plot
- Markers or headstones that were damaged due to unearthed remains
- Necessary costs related to identifying remains
- Gravesite – necessary work to rebury
For more information about reburial FEMA assistance in publicly owned cemeteries, contact the Louisiana Statewide Cemetery Response Task Force at 225-326-6056 or via email at email@example.com.