Hurricane Laura Relief & Recovery
Disaster Recovery Resources
Our hearts are with the communities in Acadiana and other impacted areas dealing with Hurricane Laura's devastating aftermath. In this time of need, 1A is committed to providing resources and tools to help small businesses recover after disaster strikes. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
FOOD & SUPPLY DRIVE
1A and KADN TV-15 are partnering to hold a food and supply drive to provide community relief after Hurricane Laura.
Friday, Sept. 18
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
804 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette
Click here for a list of supplies.
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
STATE LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOR HURRICANE LAURA RECOVERY EFFORTS
The State of Louisiana has launched a website to give those affected by Hurricane Laura the latest information on post-storm recovery updates. The website includes helpful links to Louisiana Department of Health, FEMA, and information shelter and food assistance. Residents can get the latest updates by clicking here.
IRS ANNOUNCES TAX RELIEF FOR HURRICANE LAURA VICTIMS
Businesses and individuals impacted by Hurricane Laura now have until Dec. 31, 2020, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. To be eligible, you must be based or reside in Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Caddo, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, St. Landry, Vermilion, Vernon, Winn, and Union Parishes.
The IRS also notes that the Dec. 31 deadline applies to the third quarter estimated tax payments due on September 15. It also applies to the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Nov. 2, as well.
To see the entire announcement from the IRS with additional details, click here.
FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE IN 21 PARISHES
Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Laura are encouraged to register for disaster assistance with FEMA as soon as possible. Disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Louisiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Caddo, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, St. Landry, Vermilion, Vernon, Winn, and Union parishes affected by the hurricane from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27. The federal aid may include grants, low-cost loans, and other programs to cover expenses such as property losses, temporary housing, and home repairs.
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Businesses located in a declared disaster area that sustained damage due to Hurricane Laura may be eligible for financial assistance up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA).
What type of disaster loans are available?
- Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
Impacted companies in Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jeff Davis, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, Vermilion, Vernon and Winn Parishes are able to apply for both programs.
Businesses in Avoyelles, Bienville, Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, Evangeline, Iberia, LaSalle, Lafayette, Morehouse, Red River, Richland, St. Landry and Union Parishes are eligible for EIDL loans only.
HURRICANE RECOVERY RESOURCES FROM THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
For expert guidance and answers to pressing questions, business owners can contact the U.S. Chamber's Disaster Help Desk for Business by calling (888) 692-4943 or clicking here.
The U.S. Chamber has also compiled a Small Business Recovery Guide which contains key information and tips about things such as finances and insurance, disaster assistance, cleanup, and employee support. Click here to access the guide.
STRUCTURAL REPAIRS & BUILDING PERMITS
Home and business owners whose property was damaged from Hurricane Laura are reminded a building permit is required when additions or alterations to a structure are made. In addition to home and business owners, applications for building permits are required to complete repair work done by volunteers, including nonprofit agencies assisting residents.
Permitted repair work must be done by a licensed contractor or as an owner-builder, as required by Louisiana Statutes. Building permits addressing damages caused by Hurricane Laura will be made a priority. Residents are urged to hire a reputable, licensed contractor, and hire someone who’s licensed for the specific work needed.
Emergency repair work for the purpose of securing a building from the elements, such as enclosing doors, windows and placing temporary tarps on roofs, does not require a permit. Also, work needed to remove flood-damaged building materials and any other debris removal does not require a permit.
Contact the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors at (225) 765-2301 or toll free (800) 256- 1392 or visit http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/contractor-search/ before hiring a contractor to verify the company’s credentials.
CURRENT ROAD CONDITION INFORMATION FROM DOTD
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has updated road condition information posted online at their 511LA. Motorists can see DOTD advisories, closures and even live traffic cameras along their route. The webpage also has additional information and advisories available for commercial trucks as well. To visit the 511LA website, click here.
LOUISIANA DISASTER PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SELF-REPORT
Louisiana residents whose home or business experienced storm damage due to Hurricane Laura are encouraged to fill out a damage assessment form. This information not only documents the impact of the storm on individuals, families, and businesses, it also assists parishes in qualifying for future state and federal funding.
TEMPORARY OFFICE SPACE
Information coming soon.
FREE U-HAUL STORAGE SPACE
U-Haul is offering 30 days of self-storage and U-Box container usage to residents impacted by Hurricane Laura. For a list of locations, click here.
FRAUD & CONSUMER PROTECTION
Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-800-351-4889
OFFICE OF U.S. CONGRESSMAN CLAY HIGGINS
Congressman Higgins offices in Lafayette (337-703-6105) and Washington D.C. (202-225-2031) are available to assist with any questions or concerns about Hurricane Laura recovery. He can also be reached 24/7 through his website at https://clayhiggins.house.gov/contact.
For more information on disaster assistance, debris removal, generator safety, etc., please visit https://clayhiggins.house.gov/disaster-resources.
DONATE & VOLUNTEER
American Red Cross (Volunteer)
American Red Cross (Donations)
Catholic Charities of Acadiana (Donations or Volunteer at St. Joseph Diner)
Community Foundation of Acadiana (Donations)
Fusion Five Young Professionals is a 501c6 organization located in the heart of SWLA that is now collecting monetary donations to aid in the recovery efforts of our community after the devastation of Hurricane Laura. Link to donate: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fusionfiveorg
New Iberia Firefighters Association – Non-perishable food items, bottled water, tarps, personal hygiene items can be dropped off at 560 Charles St. in New Iberia
Opelousas Police Dept. – Cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, bottled water, batteries, tarps, laundry detergent, colors and coloring books are most needed. Donations accepted 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 318 N. Court St., Opelousas.
Second Harvest Food Bank (Volunteer)
Second Harvest Food Bank (Donations)
United Way of Acadiana (Volunteer)
United Way of Southwest Louisiana (Disaster Relief Fund)
United Cajun Navy (Volunteer)
TEMPORARY & SHORT-TERM HOUSING
Locate entire homes or private rooms throughout Louisiana at www.airbnb.com.
Short-Term Rentals in Acadiana
Short-Term Rentals in Baton Rouge
Information coming soon.
Entergy: 1-800-ENTERGY; Power Outages: 1-800-9OUTAGE
Slemco: 1-888-2SLEMCO (1-888-275-3626)
LUS: (337) 291-8280 Power Outages: (337) 291-9200
LDH Office of Public Health: (337) 262-5311, Emergency WIC, Emergency Immunization, COVID-19 Testing, Family Planning Services
For access to member and investor companies who may be able to assist you in your recovery efforts, visit our business directory.
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