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Louisiana Storms and Tornadoes 2017

Severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds devastated areas in Louisiana on February 7, 2017.   The President made a major disaster declaration for Louisiana on February 11, 2017.

For Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4300), Individual and Household Assistance is available to those in Orleans and Livingston parishes. 

Disaster Legal Services has been implemented for these tornadoes, storms and flooding in Louisiana.  The hotline number below applies to this activation. It is provided through FEMA under 44 CFR 206.164

Note:  THE FEMA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 12, 2017.  Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO APRIL 12, 2017. 

Key resources for those affected by the floods:

Louisiana Legal Assistance Hotline: 1-800-310-7029

Residents and businesses affected by the August storms and flooding can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov. 

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO FEMA IS APRIL 12, 2017.  YOU MUST PUT IN YOUR SBA APPLICATION BY APRIL 12, 2017TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE. 

Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

Another option is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov  or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
  • You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster:

News Items:

Multiple Resources available from many sources

US News: Latest LA Damage

No flood insurance; you still might get Federal Help