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Disaster Resources and Recovery Information

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Disaster Resources and Recovery Information

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FEMA:
Anyone needing disaster recovery assistance should start the process by filing a FEMA application online by clicking here or filing by telephone at 1-800-621-3362. After filing, an inspector will schedule a time to come to the home and assess the damage or destruction. You can download FEMA’s disaster resources FactSheet here.

TAXES:
For information on taking advantage of federal tax benefits in connection with the flooding, review the following bulletin from the Internal Revenue Service on Tax Relief for Victim of Severe Storms, Flooding in Louisiana by clicking here.

FINDING LOCAL RESOURCES:
To find help for your immediate needs, please enter an address to get a list of the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and Red Cross units, starting with the closest three.

If no resource is close to you, contact your state’s emergency management agency to ask about other resources, or to get your county’s contacts. To find your closest hospital, use the US Hospital Finder.

Do you need help for a business, local government, or community? If so, you may want to view our Other Recovery Help page. There you can find other resources not just for individuals, but also offered for each of these.

For information on Small Business Association Disaster Recovery Loans, click here.

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR:
For help and access to resources you can contact Senator Vitter’s office at 225-383-0331 or Senator Cassidy’s at 225-929-7711.

LEGAL SERVICES:
To report price gouging or scams, contact the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General‘s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 351-4889.

To get legal advice and referral to legal services related to the disaster, call the Louisiana Civil Justice Center‘s Disaster Legal Hotline at 504-355-0970 or 1-800-310-7029.

For a resource on the federal tax relief programs available after a disaster, click here.

To contact the Southern University Law Center’s Disaster Recovery Law Clinic, call (225) 771-3333 or come into the clinic office located at the Southern University Law Center, 2 Roosevelt Steptoe Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70813.

For homeowners needing help with title clearing problems (such as proving that you own your home in order to receive recovery assistance), check out the FloodProof program.

HEALTH:
For crisis counseling to those impacted by the flooding, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 for immediate help.

HOUSING:
For information on the Shelter at Home Program, click here.

For information about FEMA, insurance, and other housing-related resources, click here for a resource guide by GNO Fair Housing Action Center.

For details on the Manufactured Housing Units program and the Multi-Family Lease and Repair program, click here. Photos of mobile homes available through the Manufactured Housing Units program can be found here, here, here, and here.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
For area shelters, click here.

For a resource guide that includes information on insurance, mortgages, FEMA, disaster food stamps, and more, click here.

For information on applying for emergency unemployment benefits, click here.

For businesses affected by the flooding get information on the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan program by clicking here.

For help dealing with pets, go to the Louisiana Animal Response Team’s website by clicking here.

For help with gutting sheet rock or spraying for mold, you can contact the Baptist Association of Southeast Louisiana by calling (985)515-4367 or emailing here or you can contact Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge by calling (225) 927-6651 or emailing here.

For students who need information on obtaining housing, furniture, books, clothing, etc., please contact Michelle Jackson in the Chancellor’s Office by calling (225) 771-2552 ext 236 or emailing her at mjackson@sulc.edu.

TO VOLUNTEER OR DONATE:
To get information on volunteering in the recovery effort or to donate to shelters and those displaced, visit Volunteer Louisiana by clicking here.

To volunteer with the SULC Student Bar Association, email Jordan Franklin by clicking here.

To volunteer with Sister Judith Brun of the Community Initiatives Foundation to help with the clean-up of homes, call 225-921-7931.

Check back frequently for updates to this information.