In A Flash

Two more parishes added to FEMA’s individual assistance program

By: - September 11, 2020 11:01 am
Lake Charles after Laura

Louisiana National Guardsmen with the 141st Field Artillery Regiment of New Orleans toss bags of ice to load into vehicles at a distribution point near the Lake Charles Civic Center. (Photo by Wes Muller/LA Illuminator, Saturday Aug. 29, 2020.)

Union and Morehouse parishes have been added to FEMA’s individual assistance program, bringing the total number of parishes where residents are eligible for aid to 18, the governor’s office announced Thursday.

“This FEMA aid will help the people of these two parishes recover, and I encourage all residents affected by the storm to register for assistance,” Gov. Edwards said in a press release. “To date, FEMA has registered 131,349 Louisiana survivors since Hurricane Laura, with $73 million in aid already paid out. We continue to advocate to FEMA and the White House for additional assistance so that we can make sure that the survivors of Hurricane Laura are not forgotten.” 

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.

Residents who sustained losses in Hurricane Laura in the designated parishes of Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Ouachita, Vermilion, Vernon, Rapides, Natchitoches, Sabine, Winn, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Union and Morehouse can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.

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