Sept. 5, 2016



NEWS DESK: 225-382-1607

SBA: 916-764-9918


News Release

Your FEMA Registration is Important – Remember to Keep it Updated

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA following August storms and flooding are encouraged to stay in touch as the application is processed. The deadline for applying is Oct. 13.

Housing help, home repairs, and various other types of aid may be available to individuals who qualify with damage or loss from severe storms and flooding beginning August 11, 2016, and ending August 31, 2016. Federal funding may be available to affected individuals in Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, T. James, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Once you have registered, you can contact FEMA to check the status of your application or ask questions about the federal disaster assistance process. If you change your address or phone number, you should update that information with FEMA. Missing or erroneous information could delay scheduling a home inspection or receiving assistance.

Homeowners and renters may update their information the following ways:

  • by going online to;
  • by calling 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open from
    6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
  • by talking face-to-face with a specialist at a disaster recovery center. Find the closest one at or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.
  • by downloading the FEMA mobile app.

When updating your information, you should have on hand the nine-digit number you received when you registered. This number is on all correspondence you receive from FEMA and is a key identifier in tracking assistance requests.

For more information on the Louisiana recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the March storms at or


We urge everyone to continue to use caution in areas where floodwaters remain. Monitor DOTD’s website for updated road closure information. Look for advisories from your local authorities and emergency managers. You can find the latest information on the state’s response at GOHSEP also provides information on Facebook and Twitter. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App. It is free for basic service. You can also download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.  Follow us on Twitter at and the FEMA Blog at

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing, or visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.


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