FEMA officials: Disaster aid is based on applicant's individual needs

FEMA officials: Disaster aid is based on applicant's individual needs

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials with FEMA are reminding flood survivors that any disaster aid that people may receive is based on each person's individual situation and needs.

FEMA said the agency evaluates the needs of each applicant on a case-by-case basis and that not everyone who registers will necessarily qualify. Officials added that once registration is complete, they determine what assistance is available for each person based on their specific situation.

One person could get a completely different type and amount of help then what their neighbor gets even if the damage seems to be similar, according to FEMA.

For example, one might have more extensive insurance coverage or different deductibles than his or her neighbor. Or perhaps the damage might be repaired more inexpensively in one of the homes.

FEMA officials said help could come from different sources, including charitable contributions from voluntary agencies, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover residential and business losses not fully covered by insurance, and grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other disaster-related expenses.

Officials remind people that registering with FEMA is a "crucial" first step and that disaster assistance can be only determined after people have finished registering.

Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585 directly. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Operators are on hand from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until further notice.

Designated parishes for Individuals and Households assistance are Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St, Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Download the FEMA mobile app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, registration assistance, maps of open shelters and weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. The latest feature of the app allows you to send notifications to your device to remind you to take important steps to prepare your home and family for disasters. Go to Ready.gov for more details.

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