How to apply for FEMA assistance

Hurricane Ida

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Individuals living in parishes affected by Hurricane Ida could be eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance. Keep reading to see the steps you should take to receive assistance.

You may be eligible if you live in the following 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 parishes.

FEMA urges individuals with homeowners or renters insurance to file a claim sooner rather than later. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance, according to the law. Uninsured or underinsured individuals could possibly be eligible for assistance.

FEMA suggests applying by visiting disasterassistance.gov. Individuals can also call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT during the weekday.

FEMA says when you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
  • Your Social Security number, if available
  • A general list of damage and losses
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

Additionally, FEMA says U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are available for homeowners, renters, businesses of any size and most nonprofits. Similar to FEMA, SBA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.

According to FEMA:

  • For small businesses, those engaged in aquaculture and most nonprofits, up to $2 million is available for working capital needs even if there was no property damage, with a $2 million maximum loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs.
  • For homeowners: up to $200,000 is available to repair or replace their primary residence. For homeowners and renters: up to $40,000 is available to replace personal property, including vehicles.

Businesses and residents can apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. For questions and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4611. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account
at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

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