Anyone who has been impacted by this storm should register damages sustained, even if they do not live in the four initial parishes.

All registered damage claims in parishes added at a later time will be processed as those parishes are added.  Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call (800) 462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call (800) 621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.  Individuals in parishes that have not yet been declared cannot register online.  You have to call the 800 number.

Application procedures for state, local and tribal governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

Pre-register for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) Benefits

The preferred way to pre-register is online at

Residents can also pre-register by phone which began Aug. 16, at (888) LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578) daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Callers will select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3. All pre-registrants will have to provide the following information:

Name, Social Security Number and Date of Birth for each household member

Current address and parish of household

Monthly income for each household member

All liquid assets for each household member (cash on hand, checking, savings)