Gov. Edwards requests additional disaster relief from President Biden

Hurricane Ida

Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards meets with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Gov. John Bel Edwards has requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration due to the severe impact from Hurricane Ida.

Edwards has asked for public assistance to help areas recover from Hurricane Ida and requested a federal cost share for both debris removal and any emergency protection.

Edwards has also requested all parts of the Individual Assistance portion of the emergency declaration. This includes Housing Assistance, Disaster Unemployment, Disaster Care Management, Crisis Counseling and Other Needs of Assistance.

“Hurricane Ida is one of the strongest storms to ever hit Louisiana. It is our goal to assist our local agencies and the citizens of the state as quickly as possible, and we have pre-positioned search and rescue teams, boats and other assets to begin helping people as soon as it is safe,” Edwards said. This major disaster declaration will help Louisiana better respond to this crisis and protect the health and safety of our people, and I hope the White House will act quickly so we can begin getting additional aid and assistance to our people.”

There are certain requirements that need to be met in order to submit a request:

  • Confirmation that the State has taken appropriate action and directed the execution of the State emergency plan
  • A description of the State’s efforts and resources utilized to alleviate the emergency
  • A description of other federal agency efforts and resources utilized to respond to the emergency
  • A description of what type of federal assistance is needed

There are two ways assistance can become available under emergency declarations:

  • Public Assistance: debris removal and emergency protective measures
  • Individual Assistance: this is the only form of individual assistance under an emergency declaration

Hurricane Ida rapidly grew in strength early Sunday, becoming a dangerous Category 4 hurricane just hours before making landfall in Louisiana.

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