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Transportation assistance available for Laura evacuees in Acadiana

Hurricane Laura Damage
Posted at 11:48 AM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 13:09:57-04

Hurricane Laura evacuees who are currently in the Acadiana area and who are still unable to return to their homes may be eligible to enter the DCFS/RedCross non-congregate hotel shelter program.

To enter, evacuees must report to the MegaShelter Reception Center in Alexandria to be placed in a non-congregate shelter as one becomes available. Eligible evacuees are:

  • Unable to return to their homes
  • Without transportation
  • In immediate need of a place to stay

Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Acadiana VOAD), along with the DCFS, LCG, and 232-HELP, is coordinating limited bus transportation from Lafayette to the MegaShelter for qualifying evacuees in urgent need of shelter and who do not have their own means of transportation.

Primary consideration will be given to residents of Calcasieu, Cameron, and Beauregard Parishes; all others will be validated. Evacuees whose homes sustained minor damage and are now habitable are encouraged to return home. All evacuees who sustained losses from Laura should complete the FEMA registration process as soon as possible.

The MegaShelter Reception Center is located at 8125 Hwy 71 South in Alexandria.

The transport is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, and will continue as needed while the non-congregate shelter program is in operation.

Pickup time and location are to be determined, but pickup will be in Lafayette. Evacuees who believe they qualify should call 232-HELP/211 to learn more about this resource.

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