Hurricane Laura Resources
If you are in need of emergency, transient housing, you can text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find where the shelter closest to you is located.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is launching “Connect,” a way for families to locate loved ones who evacuated from Hurricane Laura to state-provided hotel rooms. The number to call is 225-342-2727.
To apply for disaster assistance follow these steps:
- If you have insurance,contact your insurance company to file storm-damage insurance claims.
- Register with FEMA Call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.
- Go to www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.
The following information will be needed to complete the process:
- A current phone number where you can be contacted;
- Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
- Your Social Security number, if available;
- A general list of damages and losses; and
- If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name.
Disaster assistance may 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.
The following parishes are eligible for FEMA assistance:
- Jefferson Davis
For eligible, low to moderate-income households that do not typically receive SNAP benefits, Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) is available.
You can begin registering on Thursday, Sept. 10: http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/360#registration
Small Business Loans are available for the following parishes:
- Jefferson Davis
Apply Online Here: https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/
Check here to see if your area has a boil water advisory: https://www.knoe.com/2020/06/03/boil-orders-in-effect-for-northeast-louisiana/
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Resources by Parish
The National Guard will be distributing food, water, ice (if available; supply is limited) and tarps to residents from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the following locations:
- Lake Charles Civic Center McMurry Park, 300 Hazel St.,
- Sulphur Vinton Elementary School
- Iowa Outlet Mall
- Walmart Neighborhood market in Moss Bluff
- DeQuincy Railroad Museum
- Westwood Elementary School in Westlake
- Washington Marion High School in Lake Charles
The Red Cross has items such as cots, mops, brooms, buckets, PPE, snacks and bottled water.
Partnering with the Southern Baptists, Red Cross will also be providing <span class="callout">two meals daily</span> at these sites:
- McMurry Park, 300 S Hazel St.,
- Sulphur Huber Park, 2401 Fourth Ave., Lake Charles (replaces the Civic Center)
- 2000 Moeling St., Lake Charles
- Market Basket on Third Avenue in Lake Charles
- 900 Horridge St. in Vinton
Water available at all PARISH fire stations
Any Rapides resident that has a tree on their home and need assistance can dial 318-449-4218
LSUA is providing free public WiFi on campus.