Louisiana Hurricane Laura
Incident Period: Aug 22, 2020 - Aug 27, 2020
Declaration Date: Aug 28, 2020
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More About This Disaster
Now Closed: Period to Apply for Disaster Assistance
The last day for individuals and families to apply for assistance after this disaster has passed. You are no longer able to begin a new claim.
To check the status on a previously submitted claim, visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
I Applied for Assistance. What's Next?
You will receive notification letters from FEMA either by U.S. mail or by electronic correspondence explaining your next steps. If you reported during the application process that you received damage and are not able to live in your primary residence, an inspector will contact you by phone to schedule an inspection. FEMA home inspections are conducted in-person; however, if you are apprehensive due to ongoing COVID-19 uncertainties, you can request we conduct the inspection without entering your home.
"Help After a Disaster"
Translated into 27 languages, the "Help After a Disaster" brochure is a tool that can be shared in your community to help people understand the types of FEMA assistance that may be available to support individuals and families in disaster recovery.
Volunteer and Donate
Recovery can take many years after a disaster. There are many ways to help such as donating cash, needed items, or your time. Learn more about how to help those in need.
Doing Business with FEMA
If you are interested in providing paid services and goods for disaster relief, visit our Doing Business with FEMA page to get started.
Local News & Media
Visit the News & Media page for events, fact sheets, press releases and other multimedia resources.
Visit the Louisiana state page for more localized information
- Hurricane Laura Individual Assistance FAQs
- Hurricane Laura Landing Page
- FEMA Hurricane Laura Videos on YouTube
- I Applied for Assistance. What’s Next?
- Disaster Recovery Center Locator
- Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
- Get A Game Plan
Our teams are working hard to support state and local partners in response to Hurricane Laura. Visit our media collection to see more of their support in action.
Direct Temporary Housing
The road to recovery for many Hurricane Laura and Delta survivors includes placement into temporary housing units.
Damage to the existing housing stock in Southwest Louisiana from hurricanes Laura and Delta severely limited the availability of alternative housing options for households whose homes were destroyed or made unlivable due to major damage. To help meet the housing needs, FEMA’s Direct Housing Program was implemented. FEMA prefers to place temporary housing units on individual private property owned by the applicant to keep households in their community and near their jobs, schools, churches and friends, while they rebuild their homes and lives. But the process of placing temporary units on properties takes time; Each installation is a construction project.
The road to recovery for many Hurricane Laura and Delta survivors includes placement into temporary housing units, many of which are located in commercial parks.
Hurricanes Laura and Delta battered areas of Louisiana where available housing was already limited. To help meet the housing needs, as part of the Direct Temporary Housing Program, FEMA has identified a number of commercial parks with available pads throughout the affected areas to temporarily house displaced residents.
How To Help
Recovery will take many years after a disaster. Cash is the best way to help those in need.
Find a reputable organization through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster (NVOAD) website.
Doing Business With FEMA
If you are interested in providing paid services and goods for Hurricane Laura relief, follow the steps on our Doing Business with FEMA page to get started.
"Help After a Disaster" Brochures
Translated into 27 languages, the "Help After a Disaster" brochure is a tool that can be shared in your community to help people understand the types of FEMA Individual Assistance support that may be available in disaster recovery.
Tips for Rebuilding Stronger
Community Education Specialists are available to answer your repairing/rebuilding questions to make your home safer and stronger. Send your questions to FEMA-MitOutreachfirstname.lastname@example.org
Click on https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lauramit for links to retrofitting & repairing your home. Have questions on making repairs? Call a Community Education Specialist at 866-579-0820, Monday through Friday, anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST.
|Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved||$172,671,011.54|
|Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved||$69,979,768.79|
|Total Individual & Households Program Dollars Approved||$242,650,780.33|
|Individual Assistance Applications Approved||76133|
|Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated||$1,328,374,171.41|
|Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated||$446,445,360.13|
|Total Public Assistance Grants Dollars Obligated||$1,827,959,503.12|
|Hazard Mitigation Assistance||Amount|
|Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) - Dollars Obligated||$12,980,481.80|