In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the PRIME team will be continually updating our website here with resources for hurricane assistance, recovery and relief for individuals as well as businesses.
Affected individuals are encouraged to apply for disaster assistance in addition to filing insurance claims. Disaster assistance may cover expenses uncovered by insurance claims, such as grants for temporary housing, home repairs or other needs. To file for disaster assistance, https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 800-621-3362.
Find FEMA resources, including 24/7 counseling here.
Before you begin clean up, take pictures or videos of the damage inside and outside your home or business. Find more advice on Cleaning Up After the Storm. Make temporary repairs to your property to prevent further losses from the elements and to secure your property. This would include boarding up windows, placing plastic tarps over holes in the roof and drying out wet carpets and furniture. Keep receipts for materials used and keep a record of the repairs you make for the adjuster. Find more post-storm insurance information here.
Operation Blue Roof is a priority mission managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of Operation Blue Roof is to provide homeowners and permanently occupied rental properties in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs. This is a free service to homeowners.
Please note that your policy may have provisions for expenses incurred while your house is being repaired or rebuilt. Learn more here.
Resources for Impacted Businesses
Disaster Recovery – To be considered for disaster assistance (individual and business), victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or access online at disasterassistance.gov.
Low-Interest Business Loans – Small businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Ida can now apply for disaster assistance through the Small Business Administration. The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. You can apply for loan assistance at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
Debris Removal – FEMA will authorize the collection of business flood debris, as well as household flood debris, under specific conditions. For proper removal of flood debris, see DEQ instructions at the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality.
Disaster Help Desk – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Disaster Help Desk assists small businesses with disaster readiness, relief, and long-term recovery. Learn more here.
Resilience in a Box – These resources will guide companies toward addressing preparedness issues while building in flexibility to handle potential business interruptions.
After the Storm Resources – Find detailed guidance if your home or business has been damaged by a storm from the Louisiana Department of Insurance.
Business owners who have damage from Hurricane Ida may assist with recovery efforts by completing this form to assist parish, state and federal officials in assessing the severity of impacts and getting assistance where it is needed most. More information at DamageLA.org.
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Important State Agencies
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Where to Donate
Find Food, Groceries and Gas
Find out where to get food, groceries, gas and other goods in the NOLA area here.
Find New Orleans food distribution centers here.
Find out where to get groceries and supplies here.
Find Disaster Supplemental Nutritional Assistance FAQs here.
Additional Helpful Resources
ALL EMERGENCIES AND LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO 911.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear or anxiety, call the State of Louisiana Keep Calm hotline: 1-800-310-7977. Trained counselors are available 24/7. All calls are confidential.
- Louisiana State Police – 225-925-6325 or *LSP from any cell phone
- For general information, contact 211
- American Red Cross – 1-866-GET- INFO (1-866-438-4636) www.redcross.org/local/louisiana
- Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center – www.labeoc.org
- Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness – gohsep.la.gov/
- Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network – www.lsbdc.org/
- Filing Extensions Available for Affected Louisiana Taxpayers – www.revenue.louisiana.gov/
- IRS Provides Tax Relief to Louisiana Flood Victims – www.irs.gov/
- Contractor license confirmation from the Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors –www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/contractor-search/
- Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/
- Greater New Orleans Inc. Regional Economic Development – https://gnoinc.org/
- Baton Rouge Area Chamber – https://brac.org/recovery/
- Other LED Small Business Resources – download PDF here
- Alert.FM Emergency Notifications – https://www.alertfm.com/
- Preparedness tips and information – visit getagameplan.org
- Archive on the Governor’s press conferences having to do with the storms – https://bit.ly/3zKDNvo
- Para las traducciones en Español de las conferencias de prensa del gobernador – https://bit.ly/3zK4dNR
- De-bunking rumors post-Hurrican Ida – https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4611/rumor-control
- Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) pre-registration – http://www.dcfs.la.gov/page/dsnap-registration
- To receive text alerts from the Governor’s Office pertaining to Hurricane Ida, text ‘IDA’ to 67283. For shelter information, text ‘LASHELTER’ to 898211 or call 2-1-1.
- Federal declarations – https://bit.ly/3DLVi0Q
- Northshore Community Foundation Hurricane Ida Emergency Relief Fund – https://www.northshorefoundation.org/
- National Hurricane Center – https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/