FEMA: Previous federal help won’t affect eligibility for Hurricane Laura victims

FEMA: Previous federal help won’t affect eligibility for Hurricane Laura victims
Pictures of destroyed homes in Carlyss, Louisiana (Source: Angela Clopton)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) - Hurricane Laura survivors in Louisiana should register with FEMA even if they have registered with the agency for previous disasters.

FEMA considers each disaster to be a separate event so survivors affected by multiple storms may receive help more than once.

Those in Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Ouachita, Vermilion, and Vernon parishes may be eligible for FEMA grants to help with their recovery. Help may include rent, home repair, home replacement, and other disaster-related needs such as childcare and medical and dental expenses.

Although the federal government cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, accessible, and secure. FEMA assistance may also provide temporary help with a place while rebuilding.

Storm victims should keep receipts for three years to show how they spent FEMA grants.

If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately before applying for disaster assistance. The faster you file, the faster your recovery can begin.

If you cannot return to your home, or you are unable to live in your home, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 to determine if state, voluntary, or local organizations are in your community to address your immediate needs.

Don’t be discouraged if you do not have access to a telephone or the internet. If you have any questions, contact the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.

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