Disaster Recovery Center in Golden Meadow to Close Permanently Today, Nov. 24

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Disaster Recovery Center located at the Geaux Pass Service Center in Golden Meadow will close at 5 p.m., today, Nov. 24 and will relocate to aid additional survivors in other locations affected by Hurricane Ida. Residents of all parishes affected by Hurricane Ida can continue to visit a number of other centers open in Louisiana. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit www.FEMA.gov/DRC. All centers follow COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required for employees, volunteers and survivors.  Survivors can meet face to face with...

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to Close for Thanksgiving Weekend

BATON ROUGE, La. – All FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Louisiana will close for the entire Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 28. All centers will reopen at their regular hours Monday, Nov. 29. Monday, Nov. 29 is also the last day for Hurricane Ida survivors to apply with FEMA. If possible, survivors should visit a recovery center before the holiday to apply or to follow-up on applications and request other services. Individuals whose primary residence is in one of the 25 parishes designated for FEMA individual...

FEMA Teams up with SBA at Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the New Orleans Public Library Main Branch

BATON ROUGE, La. – Although the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library has closed, FEMA specialists will be available at this location to help survivors. The former DRC is now a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center. SBA specialists will help business owners and individuals apply for low-interest disaster loans and close approved disaster loans. SBA provides federal low-interest disaster loans up to $200,000 to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for...

Hurricane Ida Assistance Still Available as Deadline Nears

BATON ROUGE, La. – Survivors of Hurricane Ida still have one week left to apply for assistance from FEMA. The final deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 29. FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by Hurricane Ida can cover rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. The fastest way to apply for FEMA assistance is online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Phone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Individuals...

Two Disaster Recovery Centers in New Orleans and Gonzales to Close Permanently Nov. 23

BATON ROUGE, La. – FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers at the New Orleans Public Library Main Branch (Orleans Parish) and the Gonzales Mental Health Center in Gonzales (Ascension Parish) will close permanently at the close of business, Tuesday, Nov. 23. Residents of all parishes affected by Hurricane Ida can continue to visit a number of disaster recovery centers in Louisiana. All DRC centers follow COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required for all visitors, employees and volunteers. Survivors can meet face to face with FEMA specialists at the following centers until they close permanently...

What’s Holding up Your Disaster Assistance? Call the FEMA Helpline and Find Out

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you applied with FEMA and have questions about your recovery process, immediate help is available. Simply call FEMA’s Disaster Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) to find out the status of your application, what additional assistance may be available or to have other questions answered. Multilingual operators are available to take your call. The lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t heard back from FEMA since applying, a number of common problems may have delayed the application process. For example, thousands...

Six Disaster Recovery Centers to Close Permanently Nov. 18-20

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Disaster Recovery Centers at the following locations will close permanently this week. Residents of all parishes affected by Hurricane Ida can continue to visit a number of other centers open in Louisiana. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit www.FEMA.gov/DRC. All centers follow COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required for employees, volunteers and survivors.  Survivors can meet face to face with FEMA specialists at the following centers until they close permanently. DRCs Closing Nov. 18 DRCs Closing Nov. 19 DRCs Closing Nov. 20 Convent...

Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Hurricane Ida Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. – Survivors of Hurricane Ida still have two weeks left to apply for individual assistance from FEMA. The final deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 29. FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by Hurricane Ida can cover rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. The easiest way to apply for FEMA assistance is online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Phone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., seven days a week....

Disaster Assistance Still Available as Deadline Approaches

BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana continues to recover from Hurricane Ida, FEMA encourages survivors to apply for disaster assistance before it’s too late. The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 29. Many times, homeowners don’t apply because they believe the damage to their home is insufficient, but later discover hidden disaster-related damage. Survivors whose homes were damaged or who lost personal property during Hurricane Ida must apply before Nov. 29 to participate in FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. FEMA has several Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located throughout the state. However,...

ICYMI – FEMA Administrator Travels to Louisiana to Visit Communities Recovering from Hurricane Ida, Meets with State Officials, Parish Presidents and Faith Leaders

WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell traveled to Louisiana earlier this week, where she met with parish presidents and faith leaders leading Hurricane Ida recovery efforts in their communities. The visit marked Administrator Criswell’s third trip to impacted communities since Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana in late August. On Monday, the Administrator met with St. John the Baptist Parish President Jaclyn Hotard and St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell at the St. Charles Emergency Operations Center (EOC). They discussed progress being made with debris cleanup, future mitigation projects and the Hurricane Ida...