What to expect after signing up for FEMA help after winter storms in February

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – The following information was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

If you were hit by the winter storm from February 11 to 19 and live in Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, In Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn parishes, you may be eligible for FEMA assistance.

Assistance FEMA provides for homeowners and tenants can include rent subsidies and repairs to make their main home livable. It can also help other serious disaster-related needs, such as replacement of essential household items, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial costs.

Survivors must file insurance claims at the same time they apply to FEMA. Save time; if you have insurance, you must file a claim immediately.

If you have uninsured or underinsured losses, contact FEMA by going online at assistancecatastrophe.gov, by downloading the FEMA app or by calling the helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).

The information you must have when registering includes:

  • Address of the damaged main dwelling;
  • The current e-mail address;
  • Current phone number;
  • Insurance information;
  • Total annual household income;
  • Social Security number or SSN of a minor child in the household who is a US citizen, a non-citizen national, or a qualified alien;
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account so FEMA can directly transfer disaster relief funds; and
  • A description of the damage and loss caused by the disasters.

When requesting assistance, you will receive a nine-digit registration number which can be used as a reference when corresponding with FEMA.

If survivors are contacted by the SBA about a low interest disaster loan application, it is important to complete and submit it as soon as possible. The return of the request does not require the survivor to accept an SBA loan. However, submission of a completed application is required to be considered for other forms of FEMA disaster assistance.

US Small Business Administration Disaster Loans are available for:

  • Businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations up to $ 2 million for property damage.
  • For small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most non-profit organizations: up to $ 2 million for working capital requirements even if they have not suffered any material damage, with a maximum loan of $ 2 million dollars for any combination of property damage and working capital requirements.
  • For homeowners: up to $ 200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence.
  • For homeowners and tenants: up to $ 40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles.

Businesses and residents can apply online at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance. For questions and assistance in completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email [email protected]

If you have suffered minimal damage and are able to live in your home, you will not be automatically scheduled for a home inspection when applying to FEMA. If you see significant disaster damage after you apply to FEMA, you can request an inspection.

Part of the FEMA Disaster Assistance registration process includes providing a FEMA callback phone number to contact you to arrange for a home inspection and obtain assistance. other information required.

Candidates using a relay service such as your videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel, must provide a specific number assigned to this service. It is important that FEMA can contact you, and you should be aware that FEMA phone calls can be from an unidentified number.

If you have any questions, you can always call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).

For the latest information on winter storms in Louisiana, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4590. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account on twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

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