Baton Rouge, LA -- Louisiana residents who have suffered losses because of the floods and wind-driven rain of Tropical Storm Allison have more time to apply for federal/state disaster recovery assistance.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today advised state officials that it had granted the state's request to extend the registration period from August 10 to August 24.
"In the week prior to this request, we had more than 10,000 applications," said Art Jones, of the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP) and state coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort. "It was clear we needed to keep the registration period open if we were going to reach all of the people who need help."
Bill Carwile, federal coordinating officer, granted the extension request. "We hope this extra time will assure that everyone who suffered damage and losses from Tropical Storm Allison will get the federal and state assistance they need to rebuild their lives," Carwile said.
The registration number is 1-800-462-9029. Those with speech or hearing impairments should call TTY 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Applicants who have questions about FEMA programs or the status of their application may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). Helpline specialists are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.
Homeowners, renters and business owners that suffered damages in 25 disaster-declared parishes are eligible for assistance until the August 24 deadline. The 25 parishes are:
Ascension, Assumption, Beauregard, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Saint Helena, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, West Baton Rouge, Washington
More information is available on FEMA's "For the Media" web site: www.fema.gov/media, and Fax-on-Demand at (202) 646-FEMA. Radio actualities are available from the FEMA Radio Network (1-800-323-5248).