BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — Representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are going door-to-door in Baton Rouge to get residents impacted by Ida registered for assistance.
“Some of these people may have transportation problems getting to one of our fixed locations. It just may be an inconvenience for them to go somewhere in person. So, we’re coming to them,” said Nate Custer, FEMA spokesman.
Multiple teams are canvassing neighborhoods, answering questions and helping those who were rejected for aid receive answers.
“We can look it up on the tablet and find out if there’s any missing information,” said Custer.
“I’m glad that FEMA is out checking on people, but this area really wasn’t hit that bad,” Lawrenceen Wheeler.
Wheeler did not want to register. A tree damaged his fence, which he’s already repaired. He has family in St. Helena Parish and other hard-hit areas that are still without power.
“My oldest brother told me at one time he’s burning $60 a day in gas for the generators he is running,” he said. “That’s pretty expensive. Those are the people that need FEMA. They got roofs blown off their houses. They got trees that fell in their houses. For what I had, I can take care of that.”
FEMA plans to go to those other areas as well.
Fliers with information on how to apply for assistance were placed on the doors of homeowners who were not available.
If you have not registered and want face-to-face assistance, FEMA representatives are also on hand at the Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard.