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Hurricane Ida

Apply for Assistance

Sheltering Assistance

Post-Storm Safety Tips

Resources for Affected Areas

Clean-Up, Repair & Rebuild

Rumors & Scams

Media Toolkit

Press Releases & Fact Sheets

We continue to work with federal, state, local, tribal and community partners to support the ongoing response for Ida. As clean up efforts begin across several states, this page offers general and state-specific information and resources related to applying for assistance, post-storm safety and news and multimedia products.

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Learn more about the response to Hurricane Ida across all federal agencies on USA.gov.

Apply for Assistance

Individuals affected by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania now can apply for assistance.

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
    • Call 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET, 7 days a week.
      • If you use a relay service (a videophone, InnoCaption, CapTel, etc.), please provide your number assigned to that service. FEMA must be able to contact you. Be aware that phone calls from FEMA come from an unidentified number.

Due to current disaster activity, we are experiencing heavy call volumes. The fastest way to apply is online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

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Already applied for assistance? Check your status online.

Our agents will not be able to provide additional information regarding inspections. A FEMA inspector will contact you prior to your inspection. Please continue to monitor the status of your case online.

Sheltering Assistance

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To locate a shelter near you visit the Red Cross Shelter Map or download the FEMA App.

FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance has been activated for Louisiana survivors allowing for short-term, emergency sheltering options in participating hotels.

In order to receive sheltering assistance, start by applying for assistance. You must have a FEMA registration ID and approval from FEMA to participate. If FEMA has reached out to you about sheltering assistance, you can look up participating hotels.

Post-Storm Safety Tips

Safety is the number one priority after any storm. Be careful in areas with damage, flooding and power outages.

  • Use generators safely – keep them outside and far away from your home (video below).
  • Avoid wading or driving through floodwaters inside, outside and around your home.
  • Clean up safely – wear protective clothing and gear, use a mask and ask for help moving heavy debris.

Find more post-storm safety tips on Ready.gov and USA.gov.

PSA: Using Generators Safely

Gas-powered generators can be a great source of electrical power, but their use comes with risk. Knowing how to use a generator properly will keep you and your household safe.

Learn more about power outages and using generators safely in English and Spanish.

Resources for Affected Areas

Louisiana

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Louisiana residents: For storm updates text "IDA" to 67283. For shelter information, text 'LASHELTER' to 898211 or call 2-1-1.

New Jersey

New York

Pennsylvania

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Clean-Up, Repair and Rebuild

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Operation Blue Roof

In Louisiana, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has activated its Operation Blue Roof program for parishes approved for individual assistance. Residents can sign up for the program and complete a Right of Entry form at BlueRoof.us.

Call toll free 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) for more information.

How to Help

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.

Rumors and Scams

Unfortunately, after a disaster there are often many rumors and scams. Protect yourself by always checking sources of information and learning how to spot scams.

Do not trust anyone who offers financial help and then asks for money or personal information.

  • DHS, FEMA, HHS and CDC staff never charge for disaster assistance.
  • Federal and local disaster workers do not solicit or accept money.
  • Beware of visits, calls or emails from people claiming to be from FEMA asking for your Social Security number, bank account or other sensitive information. Giving out this type of information can lead to identify theft.

Visit the Hurricane Ida Rumor Control Page

Report Disaster Fraud

Media Toolkit

Below you can find Live Announcer scripts, images, b-roll, graphics and videos with important safety messaging in various languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Haitian Creole , Korean and ASL.

Live Announcer Scripts

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FEMA Assistance Scripts

If you are a member of the press you can download our script in the following languages:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

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Press Office Contact Information

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Supplies Arrive in Louisiana Ahead of Hurricane Ida

Support in Action

View Hurricane Ida images and videos to see how we are supporting on the ground.

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Graphics

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Videos and Public Service Announcements

PSA: Disaster Preparedness Video Playlist

View the Disaster Preparedness Video playlist in English (video below), Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

ASL Daily Messages

Press Releases and Fact Sheets

FEMA continues to track Ida, which made landfall as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane near Port Fourchon, La., on Sunday afternoon. Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Ida continues to bring dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and life-threatening flash, urban and river flooding over portions of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi today.
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WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Louisiana to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida beginning on Aug. 26, 2021 and continuing.
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WASHINGTON -- As Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday afternoon, areas along the Gulf Coast experienced life-threatening storm surge, extreme winds and high amounts of rainfall. FEMA, along with our federal, state, tribal and local partners, as well as non-government agencies and private sector entities, remain fully postured to support impacted states and tribes to fulfill identified requirements.
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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. briefed the media earlier today on federal agencies’ preparedness and response efforts on Hurricane Ida, after receiving an update briefing at FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center. Life safety is FEMA’s main priority as dangerous wind, storm surge and flooding continue to threaten the Gulf Coast.
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WASHINGTON -- Hurricane Ida is set to hit the U.S. northern Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane today. FEMA is tracking the danger of life-threatening storm surge along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida in the warning area.

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Last updated September 28, 2021