Hurricane Laura Advisories and Updates
- The important thing to do now is register for assistance.
- The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) daily.
- Registering with any other agency does not constitute a registration with FEMA.
- If you already called FEMA to register for assistance for damage caused by the recent storms and flooding, you will not need to reapply. You can call the FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-3362) and speak with a representative if you have any questions.
- FEMA has registered 80,541 survivors in Louisiana so far. Of those, 45,386 were mobile registrations. To date, FEMA has put more than $8 million in the hands of Hurricane Laura survivors.
- Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
- Federal funding is also available to the state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal (Category A) in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.
- Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance for Public Assistance, and for hazard mitigation measures in all parishes of the state.
- Currently, Individual Assistance and Public Assistance (Categories A and B) are approved for: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Vernon, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, and Winn parishes.
- Individual Assistance and Public Assistance (Category B only) are approved for: Acadia, Oauchita and Vermilion parishes.
- All other parishes have been approved for Public Assistance (Category B plus Direct Federal Assistance).
- Critical Needs Assistance has been approved for eligible survivors. Those having immediate or critical needs because they are displaced from their primary dwelling may be eligible for this additional assistance. This provides a one-time $500 payment per household. Eligibility criteria for critical needs include:
- A registration has been completed with FEMA.
- The applicant passes identity verification.
- At registration, the applicant asserts he or she has critical needs and requests financial assistance for those needs and expenses.
- Their pre-disaster primary residence is in a parish designated for CNA.
- The applicant is displaced from the pre-disaster primary residence because of the disaster.
- NEVER use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
- Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
- There are 14 confirmed fatalities to date. Eight of those are due to carbon monoxide from power generators.
- Approximately 226,000 Louisiana residents are without power, and more than 60 Louisiana medical facilities remain on generator power.
Power and Water Restoration
- Power and water restoration are priority efforts with more than 226,000 Louisiana customers still without power.
- More than 60 Louisiana medical facilities remain on generator power. Additionally, multiple public water systems are inoperable with more than 40,000 residents without water service.
- There are 10,980 survivors in Louisiana are being housed in 46 emergency non-congregate shelters, with another 472 survivors in four congregate shelters. An additional 10,781 survivors are sheltering in 48 hotels in Texas, along with another 85 survivors staying in congregate shelters in Texas.
Operation Blue Roof
- Roofs damaged by Hurricane Laura may be eligible for Operation Blue Roof, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The no-cost program gives homeowners safe temporary roof protection until a permanent repair is done. Go to usace.army.mil/blueroofor call 888-766-3258 (888-ROOF-BLU).
- To help residents and businesses recover from the impact of Hurricane Laura, state and federal agencies are working overtime to remove debris from roads. The National Guard has cleared more than 1,200 miles including 272 miles in one 24-hour period.
- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has launched a public website with a real-time map showing how many roads have been cleared of debris. The site, 511LA.org, provides maps showing roads due to be cleared within the next 24 hours.
- The governor’s office has launched an online hub for Hurricane Laura information at hurricanelaura.la.gov, which will highlight news and links to resources. The governor’s office is adding a Laura-specific texting list to give people wanting updates on Hurricane Laura. People can text LAURA to 67283.
- Extreme heat is impacting Louisiana.
- If you are outdoors, dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day and take frequent breaks.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty water or juice even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Know the signs of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do if you, or someone else is experiencing these symptoms.
- Additionally, a few things to remember in hurricane season and COVID-19 environment:
- Take care of yourself first
- Eat and drink healthy
- Take your vitamins and prescription medicines daily
- Proper rest/sleep
- If you feel sick, please contact your supervisor immediately
- Complete accountability daily
- Please have your PPE with you at all time (hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, face covering/mask, wash hands often with soap and warm water)
- Social distance when possible (wear your face covering)
- Report emergency by calling 9-1-1
- Report the emergency to your Supervisor, Safety Officer, and Security Officer