Hurricane Ida has made landfall and devastated areas of Louisiana. Like many of you, I have been monitoring my child's individual school updates and The City of Nolafor updates and helpful information during this time.
From Ready Nola's website, The City of New Orleans is responding to impacts from Hurricane Ida. Widespread impacts include power outages, debris, and service interruptions. If you have evacuated out of New Orleans, they request that you DO NOT RETURN until further notice. Click here for their recovery information.Text NOLAREADY to 77295 for updates.
Apply for FEMA Assistance
Residents and business owners who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Ready Nola also released an article with information about How FEMA Can Help that is useful. Click here to read the Ready Nola How FEMA Can Help article. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are available for homeowners, renters, businesses of any size and most nonprofits. Similar to FEMA, SBA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.
For homeowners: up to $200,000 is available to repair or replace their primary residence. For homeowners and renters: up to $40,000 is available to replace personal property, including vehicles.
SBA will answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help each survivor recover from the disaster damage For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4611. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.
After Storm Crisis Clean Up Assistance
Call (844) 965 - 1386 for After Storm Crisis Clean Up Assistance
Check Louisiana Traffic Map
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has a great resource for families and individuals to use. Motorists can check www.511la.org or dial 511 to remain up-to-date on the latest closures throughout the state. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).
Receive Entergy Assistance
If severe weather has impacted your service, you can report outages via text, the free Entergy app, via phone, or online at http://enter.gy/6186yQoco. View Entergy Outage Map: www.myentergy.com/s/outagemap
Dial 211 for Food Assistance
211 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community.
It's a single access point for details about food pantries and other food assistance sources near you. A plan for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) for Hurricane Ida has not been announced at this time but you can check this website for updates if it becomes available.
Register for Special Needs Registry
The special needs registry helps the City know who might need extra help during an emergency. Sign up for the special needs registry if you:
Use life support systems, like oxygen, a respirator, a ventilator, dialysis, a pacemaker, or are insulin-dependent
Have trouble walking, moving around, or have a prosthesis
Are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, or have trouble seeing
Are on dialysis
Have speech, developmental, or mental health disabilities
Use service animals
All Schools Closed Until Further Notice
NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) announced its schools and facilities will be closed until further notice as recovery assessments commence regarding Hurricane Ida’s impact. Follow their website and social media for updates: website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.