What to expect when registering for FEMA assistance for Hurricane Delta

What to expect when registering for FEMA assistance for Hurricane Delta
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Residents of Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermilion Parish who were affected by Hurricane Delta can now apply for FEMA assistance.

This assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants for needed rentals and repairs to make their primary homes habitable. It can also help other serious disaster-related needs like replacing essential household items, medical and dental expenses and funeral and burial costs.

If you have an insurance policy, you should first file a claim before applying with FEMA.

For those with uninsured or underinsured losses, you can contact FEMA by either going online to disasterassistance.gov, downloading the FEMA app, or by calling the helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).

In order to register for FEMA assistance, you will need to have the following information:

  • Address of the damaged primary dwelling where the damage occurred.
  • Current mailing address.
  • Current telephone number.
  • Insurance information.
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.
  • Total household annual income.
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account so FEMA can directly transfer disaster assistance funds.

If you report that you cannot or may not be able to safely live in your home, it may be necessary for FEMA to perform an inspection of the damaged dwelling. Due to COVID-19, home inspections may be conducted remotely by phone.

For remote inspections, FEMA inspectors will contact you to ask questions about the type and extent of damage sustained.

If you had minimal damage and can live in your home, you will not automatically be scheduled for a home inspection when registering for FEMA assistance. If you find significant disaster-caused damage after you register with FEMA, you can request an inspection.

Part of the FEMA disaster-assistance registration process includes providing a call-back phone number for FEMA to contact you to set up a home inspection and other information.

Applicants using a relay service, such as videophone, InnoCaption, or CapTel, should provide your specific number assigned to that service.  It is important that FEMA is able to contact you, and you should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.

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