Alexandria, LA (Oct. 15, 2020) – FEMA continues to provide guidance for individuals seeking assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta.
A local news station incorrectly shared that FEMA can reimburse hurricane victims for gas used to power generators or for transportation. The organization clarified that it cannot compensate individuals for these expenses, and survivors should not take receipts to disaster relief centers.
However, FEMA said it can help individuals cover the cost of new generators, chainsaws, carbon monoxide detectors, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers that were purchased due to home damage caused by one or both of the hurricanes. Individuals applying for reimbursements for these purchases should note that:
- They must be eligible for general FEMA assistance;
- They must provide proof that they purchased the product after Hurricane Laura made landfall; and
- FEMA can reimburse individuals up to $449 for generators and $179.99 for chainsaws.
FEMA said that its housing assistance program aims to ensure that people have safe, sanitary housing. The program is not an insurance policy that covers extensive property damage. If an individual’s home did not sustain damage affecting its essential living spaces, the individual might not be eligible for FEMA’s housing assistance.
FEMA can also help supplement childcare costs if a family lost income due to the hurricanes. FEMA will reimburse eligible families for up to eight weeks of childcare, or $1,500, whichever is a lesser amount. Families can apply for financial assistance through the Other Needs Assistance program.
The most common reasons that FEMA denies assistance claims are lack of documentation and lack of serious damage. The organization encourages individuals to appeal their denied application if they can provide additional documentation to substantiate their claims. Individuals wishing to begin the appeals process can call 800-621-3362.
Contact an Experienced Hurricane Attorney Today
Hurricanes are all too common in states like Louisiana. At The BFH Law Group, our attorneys understand the devastating impact these storms can have on families and communities.
If your property sustained damage from Hurricane Laura or Hurricane Delta and you are unable to recover the assistance you need, our knowledgeable attorneys might be able to help. We have experience with hurricane-related property and insurance claims. To set up a free consultation, call 866-762-0302.
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