Hurricane Ida survivors can qualify for $500 payments from FEMA. Here’s what to know. | News


In his visit to south Louisiana on Friday, President Joe Biden mentioned $500 checks for Hurricane Ida survivors.

What did he mean?

The program, which is operated by FEMA, is called critical needs assistance.

Louisiana has been approved for a federal program that allows Hurricane Ida survivors to stay in a hotel for up to 30 days, officials said Friday.

It applies to those displaced from their primary dwelling and have life-sustaining needs, like water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items and gas for cards and trucks.

Applicants have to fill out a FEMA registration, spell out their critical needs and make a request for money for those needs.

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About 240,000 Louisiana residents have applied for federal assistance in the wake of Hurricane Ida, up from 18,000 on Monday, officials said T…

Hurricane Ida survivors can apply at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

Those who qualify can get a onetime, $500 check per household.

The rules generally apply to those who will be displaced from their homes for seven days or more.

Check back with The Advocate for more details.  



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