Friday, September 4th


As of Friday, September 4, 16 parishes in Louisiana have been approved to receive Individual Assistance from FEMA. What is Individual Assistance?

  • Immediate funding to cover unmet need for eligible homeowners and renters impacted by a disaster (takes insurance coverage into the calculation for unmet need)
  • Funding may address minor/emergency repairs, temporary housing, contents replacement, funeral costs, and much more.
  • Maximum award is $35,500

If you or someone you know has been impacted by Hurricane Laura, even if you don’t think you qualify, apply for disaster assistance. You can access SBP’s free guide to navigating the FEMA process and remote damage inspection.

Before you apply for assistance, below are the steps you need to take to start your recovery process:

  1. Take photos of your damaged home and belongings
  2. Make a list of damaged/lost items
  3. If you have insurance, you must file a claim with your insurance company before applying to FEMA. It will save you time in the long run.
    a. If you do not have insurance, skip to step 4
  4. Now that you're ready to apply now for disaster assistance or you would like more information on the types of assistance available, please utilize one of the following methods to apply for individual assistance:
    - Call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
    - Visit
    - Use the FEMA smartphone app


  • Over 90,000 households have applied for FEMA assistance
    162,000 households do not have power (2 parishes will not have power restored for at least one month)
  • 21,000 people are in emergency shelters
  • There is no water or sewerage across many parishes, and it will take weeks to restore
  • Damage estimates are $8 -12 billion - homeowners who are out of work or businesses with reduced revenue may not be able to cover the cost of insurance deductibles and start repairs
  • Total economic cost, including damaged structures and businesses temporarily closed during the storm, will be in the neighborhood of $20 billion
Laura Debris Removal With Team Member
Ee Water


  • Reducing further home damage by removing trees and tarping roofs
  • Removing debris from properties owned by elderly or disabled residents
  • Hosting first volunteer group this weekend
  • Connected with more than 120 NGOs and faith-based organizations to identify individuals and communities in need
  • Educated more than 60,000 homeowners through webinars and online resources that include immediate actions to take to speed recovery including how to navigate disaster assistance during COVID-19, avoid contractor fraud and remediate mold
  • Provided more than 60 government leaders across the state with valuable information gained from lessons learned from recoveries in 13 disaster-impacted communities


We are grateful for the following supporters who are helping us rebuild the homes and lives of Hurricane Laura-impacted families:

  • Amazon
  • AT&T
  • Dow
  • Elon Musk & the Musk Foundation
  • Schultz Family Foundation
  • UPS
  • Walmart Foundation


  • Register for in-person and remote volunteer opportunities
  • Share our recovery resources
  • Donate to SBP’s 2020 Disaster Response Fund
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