More parishes approved for FEMA aid following Hurricane Laura

More parishes approved for FEMA aid following Hurricane Laura
FEMA update on response to Hurricane Laura

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards announced that residents in nine parishes impacted by Hurricane Laura can now register for FEMA aid.

Acadia, Ouachita, and Vermilion parishes have now been approved for FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) and Debris Removal following Hurricane Laura, bringing the number of parishes where people can register for federal assistance to nine, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, Sept. 1.

“This approval will help the residents of Acadia, Vermilion and Ouachita parishes move forward in their recovery from this devastating storm, which brought destructive winds from one corner of our state to the other,” Gov. Edwards said. “If you suffered damage in Hurricane Laura and live in one of the nine parishes approved by FEMA for federal assistance, please register for FEMA assistance as soon as you can, even if you aren’t sure if you qualify.”

Gov. Edwards’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration was approved by President Donald Trump on Friday, Aug. 28. The Governor requested Individual Assistance in the declaration for those affected in 23 total parishes.

So far, FEMA has approved IA for Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Ouachita, Vermilion, Rapides, Natchitoches, Sabine, Winn, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, and Vernon parishes.

“I want to again thank President Trump for his quick approval of my request for a major disaster declaration, which brings assistance to some of the parishes most impacted by Hurricane Laura, and I want to encourage anyone from these five parishes to apply for assistance today,” Gov. Edwards said. “For the people in other parishes that were impacted, but not yet approved for aid, please know that we will continue damage assessments and do expect additional parishes to be authorized. We will fight for all Louisianans who were in Laura’s path to get the assistance they need to recover and rebuild.”

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 Laura.

FEMA Hurricane Laura Disaster Recovery Resources
FEMA Hurricane Laura Disaster Recovery Resources (Source: FEMA)

Residents who sustained losses in Hurricane Laura in the six designated parishes can begin applying for assistance today by registering online by clicking here 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.

Additional parishes may be added to this declaration, as damage assessments are ongoing.

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