Southwest Louisiana residents and businesses have only a few more days to apply for federal disaster assistance because of property damage or other eligible losses in May due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
FEMA said homeowners, renters or business owners in Ascension, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Iberville and Lafayette parishes have until Aug. 2 to apply for assistance from FEMA and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
FEMA advises those impacted to apply for aid even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive a grant from FEMA for losses not covered by insurance.
FEMA grants can help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property. Disaster Assistance grants from FEMA’s Individual and Households Program do not have to be repaid.
Residents and businesses may apply for assistance in one of the following ways:
- Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY) 800-462-7585.
- Download the FEMA Mobile App.
FEMA is operating a state-run Recovery Service Center (RSC) in Lake Charles. Experts there are assisting those affected by hurricanes Laura and Delta, the 2021 winter storms and May severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in Southwest Louisiana.
The RSC is located at Washington-Marion Magnet High School, 2802 Pineview St., Lake Charles and will remain open through July 30. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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