FEMA releases instructions on how to apply for Hurricane Laura disaster relief


CREOLE, LOUISIANA- AUGUST 29: An aerial view from a drone shows a damaged home on August 29, 2020 in Creole, Louisiana. Hurricane Laura made landfall on August 27th, bringing rain and high winds to the southeast region of the state, reaching wind speeds of 150 mph and a 9-12 feet storm surge. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (NewsNation Now) — People throughout Louisiana that were affected by Hurricane Laura may be eligible for FEMA help.

Parishes that may be eligible for FEMA help include: Natchitoches, Sabine, Winn, Lincoln, Ouachita, Rapides, Vernon, Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion.

Help from FEMA for homeowners and renters can include grants for rent and repairs to make homes habitable. In-person inspections will be made but some survivors may be contacted for remote home inspections.

In addition, FEMA can help with other serious disaster-related needs, such as replacing essential household items, along with medical and dental expenses and funeral and burial costs.

If survivors are insured, they need to file an insurance claim at the same time they apply for FEMA assistance. It is illegal to not file a claim with your insurance company but to file just one with FEMA.

Those who have uninsured or under-insured losses should contact FEMA by going online, downloading the FEMA app or by calling the helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.

Information needed for registration includes:

  • Address of the damaged primary dwelling where the damage occurred
  • Current mailing address
  • Current telephone number
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account so FEMA can directly transfer disaster assistance funds
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

If you would like to donate to Hurricane Laura relief efforts through the American Red Cross click here.

NewsNation affiliate KTAL contributed to this report.

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