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FEMA distributes more than $89M to residents after Laura

Posted at 1:56 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 14:56:13-04

As of Saturday, September 12, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has registered 138,356 Louisiana survivors of Hurricane Laura and distributed more than $89 million to residents.

More than $59 million has gone towards housing assistance and almost $29 million for other needs assistance.

Anyone who hasn't done so can register with FEMA online at, by calling 800-621-3362, or using the FEMA mobile app.

To download on an Android device: Text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA); to download on an Apple Device: Text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA)

FEMA has 1,275 staff deployed to help Laura survivors, including 280 supporting remotely.

Other updates from FEMA:

  • FEMA has deployed 16 Mobile Communications Office Vehicles (MCOVs) to Louisiana in support of Hurricane Laura response and recovery operations.
  • Twelve Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) are also working in affected parishes to help register survivors. MRICs allow sharing of information and registration assistance with survivors in mobile locations while maintaining safe distances and strict COVID-19 practices.

FEMA has opened four Drive-Thru Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to provide an easy and COVID-safe way for Hurricane Laura survivors to have documents scanned into their case file.

  • The drive-thru center operates under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure visitors are safe. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. Survivors remain in their cars. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive documents through the window and return them. No appointments are necessary. Locations include:

Calcasieu Parish School Board3310 Broad St.
Lake Charles, LA
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Lacassine HS
409 Algonia Ave.
Lacassine, LA
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Monroe Civic Center
Lea Joyner
Monroe, LA
7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Sulphur City Library
1160 Cypress St.
Sulphur, LA
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

To date, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has paid $1.01 million in response to 1,071 claims filed and 171 claims, as of Sept. 11.

So far, SBA has distributed $8.1 million to 7,003 eligible survivors who applied for low-interest loans to cover damages not addressed by insurance or FEMA.

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