Hurricane & Natural Disaster Resources

Relief & Recovery Resources

One Acadiana 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.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

GOV. EDWARDS: PREPARE NOW FOR HURRICANE ZETA

 

Oct. 26 – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Zeta, which could impact Louisiana later in the week, though the final track is still uncertain. According to the National Weather Service, Zeta strengthened into a hurricane today and is expected to impact the northern Gulf Coast by Wednesday. Strong winds, coastal flooding, heavy rain and tornadoes are all possible. Read the full Emergency Declaration here.

FEMA ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE IN SELECT PARISHES

 

Those affected by Hurricane Delta in Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, and Vermilion parishes can begin registering for FEMA assistance today by registering online at http://DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Read more here.

FEMA Assistance for Multiple Disasters

Impacted companies in Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, and Vermilion can apply for both programs. Businesses in Allen, Beauregard, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Landry are eligible for EIDL loans only.

Click here to learn how Hurricane Laura survivors already registered with FEMA can prepare in case they may be affected by Hurricane Delta.

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

A drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will reopen in Vermilion parish Oct. 22 to help Hurricane Delta and Laura survivors.

All current DRCs in Acadia, Cameron and Calcasieu parishes are open to serve both storm’s survivors. A feature of these centers is an easy and COVID-safe way for Louisianans to have documents scanned into their case file.

The drive-thru center operates under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure visitors are safe. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. Survivors remain in their cars. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive and return documents through the car window.

No appointments are necessary. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The drive-thru center is located at:

LSU Agriculture Center
1105 W. Port St.
Abbeville, LA 70510

Additional DRCs are open in Louisiana. Survivors may visit any open center. To locate the closest center, click here or on a smart phone you can text 43362 and type DRC (Your Zip Code), for example: DRC 01234.

SBA DISASTER LOANS NOW AVAILABLE

 

Businesses located in a declared disaster area that sustained damage due to Hurricane Delta may be eligible for financial assistance up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA).

  • 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, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, and Vermilion can apply for both programs. Businesses in Allen, Beauregard, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Landry are eligible for EIDL loans only.

Read the Disaster Loan Fact Sheet here. Apply online or call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 for more information.

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS OPERATION BLUE ROOF

 

Operation Blue Roof is a priority mission managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for FEMA. Operation Blue Roof aims to provide homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until permanent repairs are made. This program is a free service to homeowners. Click here to learn more and apply for assistance.

HURRICANE EVACUATION ROUTES 

 

For pre-planned hurricane evacuation routes through Lafayette Parish and surrounding areas click here. For other types of evacuations please follow the instructions provided through the news media. The routes described are the major south to north routes through Lafayette Parish.

DOWNLOAD THE GET A GAME PLAN APP

 

The LA Get A Game Plan App is the official emergency preparedness mobile app provided by the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). Download the app here.

FEMA “READY BUSINESS” HURRICANE TOOLKIT

 

As Acadiana and neighboring areas prepare for Hurricane Delta, now is the time for businesses to reassess and refine their game plan. FEMA’s Ready Business Hurricane Toolkit helps business leaders take action to protect employees, protect customers, and help ensure business continuity. Download the toolkit here.

LOUISIANA BUSINESS EMERGENCY OPS CENTER

 

For community and family resources and other helpful links, click here.

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 is damaged 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 hurricanes 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.

The Hospitality Hub is a coordinated effort between Lafayette Consolidated Government, Lafayette Travel, and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, One Acadiana, and Downtown Lafayette to provide resources for those affected by disasters needing to navigate Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Find hotel availability, health and relief resources for those sheltering, as well as places to eat and things to do.

Hospitality Hub

 

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

FRAUD & CONSUMER PROTECTION

 

Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-800-351-4889

GENERATOR SAFETY

 

Never run a generator in an enclosed space or indoors. Most generator-related injuries and deaths involve CO poisoning from generators used indoors or in partially enclosed spaces. That includes the basement or garage, spaces that can capture deadly levels of carbon monoxide. Learn more here.

232-HELP / Louisiana 211

 

211 is an easy to remember phone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. Whether it is basic needs like clothing and food or the need for employment, 211 is an easy way to find or give help. Citizens can access 211 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during disasters.

  • To access 211: Simply dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211
  • For COVID-19 information: Simply dial 211 or text LACOVID to 898-211

IRS: DISASTER RELIEF & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES

 

Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area.

Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.

Download the Disaster Assistance Guide here. Click here to learn more.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF DISASTER ASSISTANCE

 

Current Declared Disaster List

Disaster Recovery: A Guide to SBA's Disaster Assistance Programs - This self-paced guide is designed to provide an overview of SBA’s assistance programs, resources, tips, and regulations.

Prepare for and Recover from Emergencies - Steps, checklists, and links for all kinds of emergencies.

INSURANCE OFFICE OF AMERICA – ADVANCE PLANNING CHECKLIST

 

While there's no way to lower the risk of a natural disaster from hurricanes, there are critical measures that can be taken to protect your company's bottom line. A disaster plan and adequate insurance are keys to recovery. Download the checklist here.

 

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Cleco: 1-800-622-6537
Entergy: 1-800-ENTERGY; Power Outages: 1-800-9OUTAGE
FEMA: 1-800-621-3362 or https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
FloodSmart.govHow to Document Damage
Slemco1-888-2SLEMCO (1-888-275-3626)
LaDOTDSelf Report Storm Damage
LDH Office of Public Health: (337) 262-5311
LUS: (337) 291-8280 Power Outages: (337) 291-9200
 

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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