News Alert: Lafourche Parish Approved for Individual Assistance
Posted: 9/2/2012 10:01:05 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
Charlotte A. Randolph, Parish President Office of Emergency Preparedness
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9:15 P.M.
Saturday, September 01, 2012



Lafourche Parish homeowners, renters and business owners whose property was damaged or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Isaac can now register for federal and state disaster assistance. Just days after a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, Individual Assistance is being made available to hurricane survivors in Lafourche and eight other approved parishes.

Disaster assistance for eligible individuals may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and emergency home repairs to make a home habitable; grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance; and/or low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Survivors can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
The Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Lafourche residents should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled. Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization or local community or church organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card.

Applicants will be asked to provide a social security number; address of the damaged home or apartment; description of the damage; information about insurance coverage; current contact telephone number; current mailing address; bank account and routing numbers (if direct deposit is desired).

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