How FEMA can help you with moving expenses

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The logo of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seen at its headquarters August 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — If you’re in the process of moving or placing personal items in storage due to extensive hurricane damage to your home, then FEMA may be able to assist you in covering the costs.

Where to start

The very first step to take will be to apply for FEMA assistance. This includes notifying FEMA of moving plans. Assistance is available to residents whose homes are considered “unlivable.” FEMA says there is no specified maximum for moving and storage expenses other than the financial Other Needs Assitance maximum.

Personal property

FEMA considers personal property to be essential items or household goods such as appliances and furniture.


The qualifications for moving/storage financial assistance must meet the following criteria:

  • Your home was damaged and is unliveable.
  • It is your primary residence. Rental or vacation homes do not qualify.
  • The property being moved and/or stored is considered essential perosnal property and/or household goods.
  • You are moving and/or storing these items temporarily until you repair your home and return to it, or until you find a new place to live and can move your belongings into your new home.
  • You moved and/or stored your items on or after Aug. 26, 2021.

What’s included in coverage?

The following expenses are covered:

  • Costs for commercial moving labor
  • Moving truck rental fee
  • Fuel for the rental vehicle
  • Costs for tape and boxes
  • Commercial storage unit fees, including self-storage
  • Associated sales taxes

Financial assistance is also available to renters or individuals living in assisted-living facilities.

Individuals can apply by visiting or calling 800-621-3362.

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