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Federal disaster assistance available to some Acadiana parishes

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Posted at 9:33 AM, Oct 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-17 17:20:20-04

President Donald Trump has approved Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request for federal assistance related to Hurricane Delta, opening up aid to people who suffered damage in five parishes. Gov. Edwards submitted the request for a Major Disaster Declaration to the President and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday.

FEMA is authorized to provide Public Assistance Category A (debris removal) and Category B (emergency protective measures); and Individual Assistance for Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes.

If you previously applied for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Laura, you will have to register again for Delta assistance. Contact your insurance company to file your storm damage claims and document the damage with photos. You do not have to wait until the insurance company makes a decision to take the next steps.
Then, complete the state damage assessment to ensure your damage is reported to state and local government officials. Information collected here will help parish, state, and federal authorities understand how and where locations were impacted by Delta. Go to damage.la.gov. Then, register with FEMA.

Those affected by Hurricane Delta in these five parishes may begin registering for FEMA assistance today by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. You can also receive a link to download the FEMA app on your smartphone (Apple: text APPLE to 43362; Android: text Android to 43362). You should have the following 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; and
  • If insured, the insurance policy number or your insurance agent and company.
  • Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost disaster loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and businesses recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal FEMA assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans for uninsured property loss and other programs to help people and businesses recover from Hurricane Delta.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will continue working with FEMA and impacted areas to identify and request additional parishes and Public Assistance categories be added to this declaration.

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