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FEMA deadline to register for Laura ends at midnight

Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 12:41 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Renters and homeowners who were affected by Hurricane Laura have until Nov. 27, 2020 to register for assistance from FEMA.

This federal assistance includes help for temporary housing, rental assistance, and repair or replacement of damaged property.

Additionally, grants may be available to help with other expenses such as medical and dental care, childcare, funeral, and burial costs, replacing essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle repairs, and cleanup.

FEMA has a list of affected areas that it is providing assistance to here: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559/designated-areas.

For more information or to register for assistance:

  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).
  • Visit disasterassistance.gov/.
  • To find a drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), text 43362 and type DRC and your ZIP code (for example DRC 12345).
  • Call 211 or text 527435837 to 898-211. For Louisiana evacuees that are now out-of-state, please call 337-310-4636. To get support, this number also is valid for TTY out-of-state users.
  • Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption, or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

To receive a link to download the FEMA app:

For Hurricane Laura, FEMA has put $201 million in the hands of survivors, $138 million for housing assistance, and $62 million for other needs assistance. The SBA has approved $523 million in low interest loans.

For Hurricane Delta, FEMA has put $18 million in the hands of survivors, $13 million for housing assistance and $4 million for other needs assistance. The SBA has approved $19 million in low interest loans. Homeowners and renters that have experienced damages resulting from Hurricane Delta, may register for federal disaster assistance until Dec. 16.

SBA low-interest disaster loans are also available for businesses of any size and certain nonprofits up to $2 million for property damage. For small businesses, those engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million for working capital needs even if there is no property damage.

Homeowners can borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace a primary residence. For homeowners and renters, up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles, is available.

Businesses and residents can apply online at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. For assistance completing an SBA application, call 800-659-2955. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.

To schedule an appointment to meet with an SBA customer service representative please call the SWLA Economic Development Alliance at (337) 433-3632. The center will be open Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is located at:

The SBA/Business Recovery Center on the Second Floor or 4310 Ryan St. Lake Charles, LA 70605.

Hurricane Laura survivors with home repair questions should contact FEMA mitigation outreach at 866-579-0820 or at fema-mitoutreach-4559@fema.dhs.gov Monday-Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm CDT. To view mitigation resources visit https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lauramit/.

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4559 or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

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