Posted: Sep 6, 2012 2:45 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Sep 6, 2012 2:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - FEMA approved five more south Louisiana parishes for individual assistance today in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, according to state emergency officials.
Residents in Assumption, St. Helena, St. James, Terrebonne and Washington parishes are now eligible for federal assistance to cover uninsured damages from the stormor apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs. Residents and businesses also can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
State officials said they would also request disaster food assistance, or DNAP, be approved for those parishes as well. Only residents of the following 9 parishes are eligible for DSNAP right now: Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany. Starting on September 8, residents of St. Charles and Tangipahoa parishes will be eligible for DSNAP benefits.
FEMA said Thursday that 7,334 people have been approved for more than $16 million in aid so far. Louisiana has also requested individual assistance for the following seven parishes, which is still pending FEMA approval: East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Mary, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.
People in parishes approved for assistance can apply for disaster assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Residents with speech or hearing impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Users of 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 1-800-621-3362.
Meanwhile, people can also pre-apply for DSNAP benefits even if their parish hasn't been approved for assistance yet, which authorities said would speed the process if federal aid for their parish is approved. To pre-apply, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578), or go to the DCFS website or GetAGamePlan.org.