Hurricane Laura survivors are encouraged to apply for FEMA help


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Thousands of Hurricane Laura survivors could qualify for help from FEMA.

“Registration is the first step to getting help with FEMA,” said Hattie Stallworth with FEMA.

Stallworth said there are several ways to register for help including the disaster assistance website, but if you have insurance, Stallworth added, you need to file with your provider first.

Stallworth explained, “We cannot duplicate services, but if you have unmet needs, there are chances that if you qualify, we’ll be able to help you.”

There are more than 10,000 Hurricane Laura survivors living in hotels in Louisiana. Entergy said it could take weeks for power to be restored in the Lake Charles area. The state’s contract for the hotels is 30 days.

“But once that’s over we can transition to a TSA program where we would be issuing vouchers. Now, what we’re gonna try to do in the interim is make sure that the hotels that are currently participating under the contract program will also accept the vouchers so that this is seemless from the perspective of the evacuee,” said Governor John Bel Edwards.

If your FEMA application is denied, Stallworth said that doesn’t mean it’s the end.

“So what we want you to do there is just read your letter because it is explained in the letter, the reason that you got denied and what you would need to do if you want to file an appeal,” explained Stallworth.

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