The Young FirmApplying for FEMA & Other Aid in Louisiana

Applying for FEMA & Other Aid in Louisiana

  • FILE AN INSURANCE CLAIM: If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for federal assistance. Check out this video for a breakdown of filing a homeowners insurance claim.

  • APPLY FOR FEMA AID: Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Ida can now apply for the Individual and Households assistance program from FEMA. The agency says the easiest way to apply is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Residents can also apply by phone by calling 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 between 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., seven days a week. 

  • SIGN UP FOR THE BLUE TARPS PROGRAM: This program is a free service to homeowners. Operation Blue Roof protects property, reduces temporary housing costs, and allows residents to remain in their homes while recovering from the storm. To apply, visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, or call (888) 766-3258. If your call goes directly to voicemail, please hang up and retry calling.

  • GET FOOD STAMPS ‘HOT MEALS’: Louisiana participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can use their benefits to purchase “hot” or prepared foods through September 28, 2021. More information about the “hot foods” waiver can be found at http://dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/snap-hot-foods-waiver.

  • REGISTER FOR DISASTER FOOD STAMPS: DSNAP has not yet been federally authorized in any Louisiana parishes. In the meantime, residents affected by Hurricane Ida are encouraged to register for DSNAP. Registration does not guarantee benefits, but will make the application process easier and quicker for applicants if a DSNAP is approved for their community. More information about DSNAP, including how to create an account and register, can be found at www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP.

  • APPLY FOR SMALL BUSINESS LOANS: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are available for homeowners, renters, businesses of any size and most nonprofits. Similar to FEMA, SBA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. Businesses and residents can apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. For questions and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email [email protected]

Thursday, Oct. 28. is the deadline to apply for FEMA disaster assistance. Questions can be directed to the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).

Did your FEMA claim after Hurricane Ida get denied?

Here’s what to know before you appeal.

  • You have 60 days to contest the decision.
  • Thoroughly read through the letter.
  • Include substantial evidence with your appeal.
  • Sign and date your letter and send it to FEMA.


For the full details on what to do when your claim is denied, visit https://www.nola.com/news/weather/article_f2e598d6-159b-11ec-91be-63050199fa08.html.

For a more in-depth explanation of benefits and prerequisites, visit WWL-TV’s compiled list of federal, state, and local government resources.