West Baton Rouge Parish residents can now apply for federal and state disaster assistance, as the parish was added Tuesday to the major disaster declaration for Hurricane Isaac, according to a FEMA news release.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in the parish may now register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance and report their uninsured or underinsured property damage or destruction from the storm.
Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and emergency home repairs to make a home habitable, grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Applicants may call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 to register.
West Baton Rouge Parish survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.
Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization or local community or church organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card.
The latest addition brings to 25 the total number of parishes for which individual assistance has been made available in Louisiana: Allen, Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Morehouse, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.