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Hurricane Laura recovery efforts and resources

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Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 10:18 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2020 at 1:08 PM CDT
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(KALB) - We are working to compile resources for you during this time of recovery and restoration. Check back for more updates. If you have information on relief efforts or closings, please send us an email at news@kalb.com

A BURN BAN IS IN EFFECT FOR SEVERAL PARISHES! DO NOT BURN YOUR DEBRIS!

NOTE: IF YOU LOST WATER, YOU ARE UNDER A BOIL ADVISORY WHEN THE WATER RESUMES

FEMA: 1-800-621-3362, CLICK HERE FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

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IMPORTANT LINKS:

  • The City of Alexandria will be providing free garbage bags to utility customers with coupons from this year for bags from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. this Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17-18, as well as Sept. 24-25 at the Alexander Fulton Mini Park in downtown Alexandria, across from City Hall. Click here for more.
  • The Oaks Residence Hall on the LSUA campus now has all essential utilities restored including power, water, and wireless internet. All residents are able to return to their campus apartment when able. The Division for Enrollment and Student Engagement is currently working on events and programs to keep students engaged and prepared for classes next week, and all students are continually being encouraged social-distance and wear masks in order to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. Students are also being provided their traditional three meals a day in the campus dining hall. Currently, only 75 or 215 students have returned. Any questions can be directed to reslife@lsua.edu.
  • PINEVILLE: Garbage (household waste) and trash (yard debris) services are back on their regular service schedules, but some areas may not be able to be serviced due to inaccessibility by our large trucks. We urge citizens to NOT mix household waste or construction debris with yard waste as these materials go to different landfills. Pineville Chief of Staff Rich Dupree says that Proctor & Gamble has donated additional bottles of water to be distributed and Atmos is providing additional ice to be distributed throughout the city. “We are grateful for these corporate partners that recognize the immense need around us and step forward with their unique contributions to help others in time of need,” said Dupree. “We look forward to announcing these additional distribution details soon and encourage residents to watch our Facebook page for details.”
  • GRANT PARISH: Grant Parish Police Jury contractors will be on the road Friday picking up storm debris. Please have the debris within about 15 feet of the road but not in the road and not in the ditch. For any questions or concerns call the Grant Parish Police Jury office at 318-627-3157.
  • GEORGETOWN: The Georgetown 911 Center is not working. If you need assistance, dial 911 from your cellphone.
  • City of DeRidder: The DeRidder Fire Department will allow open burning of natural vegetation by permit only, effective immediately. Due to the amount of debris in the city, burn piles must be inspected by fire personnel prior to burning. Burning without a permit and inspection is illegal, and the individual may face fines. For more information, call the fire department at 337-462-8929. For other information, call the City of DeRidder Public Works Department at 337-462-8900.
  • City of DeRidder: The City of DeRidder has selected its contracted debris removal company and monitoring company, Graham County Land Company and True North Emergency Management, respectively. The contract is pending approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The timeline for pickup is yet to be determined. After final approval, the timeline will be published.

Homeowners should do the following:

— Move debris out of the street and safely onto the right-of-way.

— Separate vegetation from demolition and construction debris.

— Place white goods separately and safely onto the right-of-way.

The city’s debris contractor will only pick up what is on the right-of-way. Workers will not go into your yard. The contractor will make a minimum of three passes over the city. The city will advertise the final pass. Private contractors will need to haul directly to the city’s debris site. The site, at 1201 East 1st Street near Beauregard Cemetery, is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days a week, and is closed Sunday. Signs are posted. Bagged leaves will also be picked up. Place the bags onto the right-of-way.

  • SUDDENLINK PUBLIC HOTSPOTS for free WiFi: Alexandria, LA – 3499 Masonic Dr / Pineville, LA – 3250 Donahue Ferry Rd / Ruston, LA - 1001 Cooktown Rd (at the Suddenlink store) / Natchitoches, LA - 321 Texas St / Winnfield, LA - 701 W Court St / To access the WiFi, residents can remain in their cars with their devices. They should make sure WiFi is turned on, tap or click Settings and select “Suddenlink Free WiFi” from the list of available networks, and they will automatically be connected.
  • Link: SWEPCO latest power restoration updates

FEMA RELIEF EFFORTS

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to certain workers who lost income as a direct result of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana. Applicants can apply by visiting www.laworks.net, the Helping Individuals Reach Employment portal. Claimants may also file by telephone by calling the Benefits Analysis Team at 866-783-5567 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Applicants in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon parishes must apply for disaster unemployment assistance by Wednesday, Sept. 30. Applicants in Acadia, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, Vermillion and Winn parishes must complete applications by Friday, Oct. 2. Applicants in Morehouse and Union parishes must apply for disaster unemployment assistance by Monday, Oct. 12. The Louisiana Workforce Commission is also accepting applications for DUA from applicants in Caddo, La Salle and St. Landry parishes until Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Fema: Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Leesville and Many on Sunday, Sept. 20, to help Hurricane Laura survivors. No appointments are necessary. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The drive-thru centers will be located at: Vernon Sheriff’s Office 203 Third St. Leesville and Sabine Parish Courthouse 40 S. Capital in Many.

Beginning Saturday, FEMA will operate two/ different Mobile Registration and Intake Centers in Grant Parish. Both locations will operate Saturday 9/19, Sunday 9/20, and Monday 9/21. These locations will be as follows:

  • Pollock Community Center 8:30am - 6:00pm - 3813 Patterson Street, Pollock LA 71467
  • Montgomery Town Hall - 8:30am - 6:00pm - 625 Woodland Street, Montgomery LA 71454

Three FEMA MRICs open in Beauregard Parish:

  1. Beauregard Parish Police Jury Building - 201 West 2nd Street - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Open now through Sept. 23
  2. Hyatt Community Center - 6249 Highway 109, Fields - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Open through Sept. 25
  3. Singer Baptist Church - 9106 Hwy. 27, Singer - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Open through Sept. 25

(These centers operate 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 documents through the window and return them.)

FEMA IN-PERSON LOCATIONS:

  1. LaCamp Fire Station: 6413 Highway 121, Leesville 9/16-9/18 (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
  2. Evans Community: 18977 Highway 111, Evans Opening Saturday 9/19 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  3. Oak Hill Fire Department: 261 Havens Rd., Elmer 9/16-9/17 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  4. Sabine Parish Police Jury Room: 400 Capital St., Many 9/16-9/18 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  5. Winn: 461 Front St., Sikes 9/16 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.), 9/17 (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  6. Colfax Town Hall 1201 Main St., Colfax 9/16 - 9/18 (8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
  7. LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office: 2083 S. 2nd St., Jena 9/16 - 9/20 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  8. Deville Community Fire Training Center: 9/18 - 9/19 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • FEMA MOBILE REGISTRATION: Sept. 14-16 from 9am - 5pm at 122 Depot Street in Robeline. Sept. 17-18 from 9am - 5pm at 660 MLK Drive in Natchitoches. Sept. 19-20 from 9am - 5pm at Kingdom Life Church in Campti. Please bring a valid ID to these sites.
  • FEMA INFO FOR BALL: FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance team has opened survivor-focused Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) and will be in Ball at the Community Center by Town Hall September 14 & 15, 2020. MRICs allows for FEMA registration assistance, case updates and case inquiries with survivors in mobile locations while maintaining safe distances and COVID-19 prevention practices. 100 Municipal Lane in Ball (Monday 12pm-6pm) and (Tuesday 9am-6pm)
  • FEMA HELP: Representatives will be set up to assist anyone with registering for individual assistance at the Mobile Registration Intake Centers.201 West Second Street, Deridder, LA (Beauregard Parish Police Jury Office) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 530 Hennigan Street, Merryville, LA (Merryville Police Department Parking Lot) 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • A FEMA mobile registration center has been organized and will be in the parking lot of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville beginning September 12 between the hours of 9:30am-3:00pm according to Natchitoches Parish Asst. Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Deputy Mary Jones. You may apply and register for federal disaster aid as a result of Hurricane Laura at this location. Natchitoches Parish has been listed as a federal disaster area. The address is: 423 Hwy 495, Cloutierville, La. Please bring a valid ID.

OTHER RELIEF EFFORTS (New items at the top of the list)

Tioga High School Donations
Tioga High School Donations(Courtney Bell)
  • Residents of the Spring Bayou area will be getting together Saturday the 19th, at 8 a.m. to walk Spring Bayou Road and pick up all the litter that has accumulated there.
  • Beauregard Parish distribution sites: Merryville site to close - the last day will be Sept. 17. The distribution sites at East Beauregard High School, South Beauregard High School and Singer High School will remain open from 8am - 4pm daily.
  • All Vernon Parish School students (regardless of income) will eat lunch and breakfast free of charge to the parent/guardian until further notice. The USDA is sponsoring this program. Parents are encouraged to continue completing the Free/Reduced online application.
  • POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION SITES: Flatwoods Fire Station / Oak Hill High
  • Dry Creek Baptist Camp was hit hard. Most of their buildings were damaged during the storm. They believe more than 500 trees are down on the property. If you’d like to help out you can reach out to them on Facebook. They are also helping out the community too. They have cleaning supplies available and they are washing clothes for families in need. They ask 1 bag of laundry per family. You can email them at dcbcamp@gmail.com
  • SALVATION ARMY FOOD HELP: The Salvation Army is operating 16 feeding units. The state is supporting eight food banks in the impacted areas. With the help of partners, the American Red Cross has already served more than 67,000 meals and snacks in Louisiana and distributed some 20,000 relief items and cleaning supplies. It’s supporting 11 feeding locations in nine cities and five parishes. They are:
  1. 100 Municipal Lane, in Ball
  2. 5364 LA-113 in Deridder
  3. 914 E. Fourth, Dequincy
  4. 200 Moeling, Lake Charles
  5. 2401 First, Lake Charles
  6. 935 Third Ave, Lake Charles
  7. 200 N. Third, Leesville;
  8. 7061 LA-110 in Merryville
  9. 300 Hazel, in Sulphur
  10. 900 Horridge St. in Vinton
  11. 112 S. Adams in Welsh
  • SHELTER UPDATE: If you need shelter, text LASHELTER to 898-211 for information about where to go or call 211.
  • PROPANE AVAILABLE: As of Friday afternoon, Big Way Sales in Alexandria has Propane in stock.
  • The City of Alexandria says the American Red Cross is at Bolton High School and the old CLTCC Campus site (S. MacArthur Dr.) giving out “comfort kits” and cleaning supplies.
  • FREE SHOWER/LAUNDRY at the Lowe’s in Leesville from 7am - 7pm (2200 McRae Rd, Leesville)
  • CHRISTUS St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria is serving as a hub for the collection of diabetes supplies donated by Texas hospitals. Those who are in need of diabetes supplies can call 318-528-4964.
  • Bottled water and ice: Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site: 135 Riverfront St, Pineville
  • Giving Back Foundation: Set up in Rosepine, providing meals to churches and groups within their area, serving over 3,000 meals.
  • If you need to reach loved ones that got separated during Hurricane Laura, here’s a phone line to help you reach them: 225-342-2727.
  • CHURCHES OF CHRIST DISTRIBUTION CENTER - Beginning Thursday, September 3, a 53-foot trailer of supplies will be distributed from Pineville Church of Christ at 3605 Hwy 28 East. Well-organized, prepackaged boxes of food as well as personal hygiene, infant care, and prepacked buckets of cleaning supplies will be distributed by members of Pineville Church of Christ. Water, bleach, laundry detergent, new clothing, new shoes, and other misc items will also be ready to be handed to families. We will provide these supplies at no cost. Later on, we can also provide qualified low-income, uninsured families who are victims of Hurricane Laura with a new appliance, new room of furniture, and new mattress sets to sleep up to an average family of 4.
  • Circle K in Leesville has run out of gas, but the Tobacco Plus has reopened but the mayor says the lines are horrific. Mayor Allen says it may be a better idea to go to surrounding areas to find gas.
  • You can get ravioli, sandwiches and hotdogs at the Leesville Fairgrounds. Mayor Rick Allen says they could use some volunteers to help serve food.
  • SaveCenla will be holding a Neighbors helping Neighbors supply drive from now until Tuesday (Sept. 8th) afternoon. We are looking for anything you think you might need if you found yourself without power and water for a few weeks. Items can be dropped off starting now during business hours at 5 locations. Cooyons Grocery in Dupont, Shawn’s Supercenter in Hessmer, Sears Hometown Store in Marksville, Cottonport Corner Pharmacy in Cottonport and Bunkie General Hospitals Pharmacy or fitness center. We will also be accepting donations Saturday at the SaveCenla Lifting for Life competition outside the Iron Gym in Marksville from 1:00 to 3pm. On Monday (Sept7th) and Tuesday (Sept8th) SaveCenla will have a tent and trailer set up in the parking lot of Detel in Mansura during the day to accept donations.
  • LSUA is providing free public WiFi on campus. The wireless network name (SSID) is LSUA-BoNipper-Hotspot. No password is needed. The network can be accessed in the parking lot (Lot 6) between the Catholic Student Organization (CSO) and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) on campus. Users are asked to only access for business and educational purposes only (please refrain from large file downloads and video streaming).
  • If you have roof damage to your home in Alexandria and need a tarp, please call the call center at 318-473-1301 to report the issue. Due to limited supply, the City will have a member of the SafeAlex team verify the damage and provide a tarp.
  • Samantha Hubbard of the Bentley/Prospect area is offering to help do laundry for those in that area without power. She will do it for free, but will also take donations and will donate any supplies left over. Contact her at pardue235@gmail.com, or by phone (318) 401-0423.
  • Free ice at Holiday Village Fire Department at 5400 Highway 28 East Pineville. MAXIMUM OF TWO bags per person or family.
  • Anyone who needs to access the internet may utilize free WiFi at the following Rapides Parish Library locations: Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, Robertson Branch, and Westside Regional Library. The WiFi password will be posted on the door. Currently, the Martin Luther King, Jr. branch does not require a password. RPL is working to re-establish internet WiFi at all RPL locations.
  • The Rapides Parish Health Unit, the address is 5604 Suite A Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria, La. 71303, has received a large number of oxygen tanks for those citizens who are on oxygen and in need of refill but unable to reach their supplier. The Health Unit will have staff there till 7 pm to give out to parishes for citizens in need. This will be an exchange program. Your help is really needed with this as emergency departments are receiving patients with no oxygen, heat exhaustion and shortness of breath. These are E cylinder tanks and will last the Patient 8 hours. They can come back for another exchange tank.
  • The Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief has a hotline for anyone who needs help with trees on homes or blocking driveways. The number for people to call for help in our area is 318-449-4218.
  • Text GRANTPARISH to 888777 for updates and text alerts from the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • RAPIDES PARISH: In order to begin the Response and Recovery for any potential Federal Assistance, the Rapides Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is asking for your help with documentation of damages. Please follow the link below. This does NOT take the place of any Insurance notification, nor is it a guarantee of any assistance, but it does help in gathering valuable information for the process. https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/36c861fc544f46b3817e4a244f7f05cf?field:incident_id=20-027
  • Any Rapides resident that has a tree on their home and need assistance can dial 318-449-4218
  • RAPIDES PARISH: From OHSEP - If you have a tree ON YOUR HOUSE, there is a volunteer group that can help. Important note, you MUST get the pieces to the curb for pick-up. Contact: 318-449-4218 - Ice and MREs: On the way! Expected today. An important note, there are a LOT of requests around the state and we’re told everyone’s numbers are getting reduced. When they arrive, they’ll be centrally located in the parish. - Water: Another shipment is on the way. It will be transported to PARISH fire departments again.
  • RAPIDES PARISH: Water available at all PARISH fire stations, according to Police Jury President Craig Smith. Still working on ice and MREs.
  • NATCHITOCHES: The Natchitoches Office of Emergency Preparedness has received word that the Point of Distribution Location for distribution of water, ice and meals ready to eat (MRE’S) for Natchitoches Central has been changed to only one site, Lakeview High School on La. Hwy 9 north of Campti, La.
  • Water available at Ransbottom Fire Station, Airpark Fire Station, The Fire Station by Tunk’s Cypress Inn and Bayou Rapides Fire Stations.
  • All the Rapides Parish District Fire Stations have gotten supplies, including water, to serve the rural areas of the parish. People can contact their local fire department in the areas outside the city to get them. Some are getting more overnight and will continue to distribute August 30. The Office of Emergency Preparedness will have more information in the morning on points of pickup. Again, this is for the rural fire districts and does not include Alexandria and Pineville city fire departments.
  • Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) launched a GoFundMe to accept monetary donations to aid in animal relief efforts following Hurricane Laura. The funds collected will be used to provide supplies and equipment necessary to care for numerous pets and livestock by the LDAF and parish governments. To donate, click here.
  • “Big Way Sales CO” on 6721 Masonic Dr, Alexandria says they are selling propane if anyone needs it. (318) 448-0087
  • Through Sept. 15, all Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and FRESH by Brookshire’s stores will have $1, $3, and $5 scan coupons available for customers to make monetary donations at checkout. The donations will go to the American Red Cross relief efforts, earmarked for those affected by the hurricane.
  • The poultry fuel hotline is 225-952-8158. The purpose of this hotline is to assist the farmers by putting them in direct contact with a fuel distributor to get fuel for generators and prevent catastrophic losses.
  • “The devastation of Hurricane Laura has impacted ATM availability across the region. We can confirm that our ATM service at Fort Polk remains available to Navy Federal members.” - Navy Federal spokesperson.
  • Waitr is out delivering food from the restaurants that are open. Free delivery with code STANDTOGETHER
Hurricane Laura food aid guide
Hurricane Laura food aid guide(DCFS)

SCHOOL / DAYCARE CLOSURES:

  • Grant Parish public schools will reopen on Sept. 14. Wednesdays will remain a virtual day for all students. Georgetown High School will be virtual Monday, September, 14th - Wednesday, September 16th. The administration will contact those students to provide lessons for these days.
  • The Vernon Parish School Board says they may have to re-open different schools at different times. The anticipated opening date for most schools will be hopefully by Monday, September 14. Refer to school websites for updated information on the opening of each school. Students in grades K-8 will begin on Sept. 14. In grades 9-12, Monday will be a virtual day and will follow their blending learning schedule. On Sept.15, students with the last names A-L will attend face to face. On Sept. 16, students with last names M-Z will attend face-to-face. All virtual school students will begin on Sept. 14.
  • The Rapides Parish School Board says that due to ongoing utility and mitigation issues they will NOT be able to open Glenmora, Northwood, Oak Hill, Plainview, Mary Goff or Tioga Elementary schools for Labor Day week. These schools will schedule to reopen Monday, September 14 for employees and Wednesday, September 16 for students. All other RPSB schools are still planning to reopen for employees Tuesday, September 8. Students will return Thursday, September 10.
  • Beauregard Parish schools are closed
  • (The diocese of Alexandria welcomes all displaced students from Lake Charles. Please contact the diocese for more information.)
(Allen Parish School Board)

ROAD CLOSURES:

  • DOTD website to show progress as crews remove debris from state roads
  • DOTD begins debris pickup following the aftermath of Hurricane Laura
  • DOTD crews at the Vernon/ Rapides line on LA 121 are working on removing debris and fallen trees from the roadways. Be on the lookout for crews and equipment, and be mindful that you may encounter delays due to these ongoing operations. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that I-10 is open from the Texas/ Louisiana state line through the state except from mile maker 34 (I-210) in Lake Charles to mile marker 25 (I-210) in Sulphur due to a chemical fire. Motorists can use I-210 as an alternative route to avoid this road closure. Debris remains throughout impacted areas and motorists should only drive if necessary. Clean-up operations are in effect, so please be on the lookout for DOTD crews and their equipment, and be mindful that you may encounter delays due to these ongoing operations. DOTD reminds motorists to never drive around a ‘road closed’ barricade at any time for any reason. Doing so is extremely unsafe, as well as illegal. Call 511 or visit www.511la.org for additional information. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-800-ROAD-511 (1-800-762-3511). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at www.dotd.la.gov, by selecting MYDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, (DOTD), advises the public that the Jackson Street Bridge over the Red River IS NOW OPEN TO TRAFFIC
  • Natchitoches Parish closures: LA 478: 2 locations between LA 117 and Vowels Mill LA 495: 2 locations LA 484: 2 locations south of LA 493, 2 locations north of LA 493 LA 119: 2 locations west of I-49 before LA 8, 5 locations east of I-49 between LA 493 and LA 494 LA, US 71: 1 location south end near the parish line
  • Winn Parish closures: LA 34: between Joyce and Hudson LA 84: west of Winnfield near Forestry Service LA 1231-2: entire route LA 1228: 1 location - between US 84 west and LA 34 west - 0.5 miles from LA 34 LA 1228: 1 location - between LA 34 and end of maintenance - 0.1 mile from end of maintenance LA 501: multiple locations - between US 167 and LA 156 west LA 1232: multiple locations - between LA 156 and LA 501 LA 3136: between LA 34 and Packton-Alexandria Parish Road - 0.5 miles from LA 34 LA 126: 1 location - between LA 127 and Caldwell Parish line - 5 miles from Caldwell Parish line LA 127: 1 location - between LA 1238 and LaSalle Parish line - 3.5 miles from LA 1238 LA 1229: 1 location - between LA 34 and end of maintenance - 3 miles from LA 34
  • Grant Parish closures: LA 8: 1 location - 3 miles west of US 167 LA 122: 2 locations - 3 miles from LA 123 and 5 miles from LA 123 LA 472: 1 mile from US 167 LA 1240: 2 locations LA 3169: .5 miles from US 71

Additionally, many traffic signals across the region do not currently have electricity so the signals are not operational. If you encounter a dark or flashing traffic signal, you should treat the intersection as a four-way stop if there is no law enforcement personnel on-site directing traffic.

OTHER CLOSURES:

  • RAPIDES COURTHOUSE: Due to the ongoing cleanup from Hurricane Laura, the Courthouse will continue to be closed until Tuesday, September 8.
  • Alexandria City Court
  • All Rapides Parish Library locations plan to re-open for safe curbside service on September 10.

The following Sheriffs Sub-stations will be closed for service due to loss of power. For emergencies, call 911 or our MOBILE COMMAND POST at 318-709-3000.

  • Boyce Sub-station
  • Kolin Sub-station
  • South Alexandria Sub-station

CURFEWS:

  • Grant Parish: 9:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.

EVACUATION/SHELTER INFORMATION:

  • THE RED CROSS: 1-800-RED-CROS
  • The Rapides Parish Coliseum is only a registration site for hurricane shelter. (318-442-9581)
  • DCFS has opened a Reception Center at the Alexandria MegaShelter for Hurricane Laura evacuees seeking shelter. 8125 Hwy 71 SouthAlexandria, LA 71302 / Open 24/7 / This information is also available by texting LAShelter to 898-211 or by calling 211.
  • According to Dr. Holcombe, there are 246 people in the Alexandria shelter, with more to come. It is only a reception/general shelter. The medical special needs shelter is NOT open. But they will provide medical assistance. The MSNS is at Lomar-Dixon in Gonzales. COVID-positives go to the Medical Monitoring Station Morial Convention Center in NOLA.
  • Avoyelles Parish - Mary Bethune Youth Center on 551 Martin Luther King Drive in Marksville.
  • Text LASHELTER to 898211 if you need shelter. DCFS will be in touch

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) approved in 16 parishes to provide additional food aid to families impacted by Hurricane Laura. For more information click here

  • For the FEMA Fact Sheet on the Inspection Process click here
  • For the FEMA Fact Sheet on Individuals and Households Programs click here
  • For the FEMA Fact Sheet on Funeral Assistance click here
  • For the FEMA Fact Sheet on Financial Disaster Aid for U.S. Citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals, and Qualified Aliens click here
  • For the FEMA Update on Navigating the Road to Recovery click here
  • For the FEMA Update on Looking Out for Disaster Fraud Scams click here
  • For the FEMA Update on What to Expect with Hurricane Laura Flood Insurance Claims click here
  • For the FEMA Update on FEMA Outreach Workers Providing Disaster Assistance Materials at Hotels click here
  • For the FEMA DR-4559-LA INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE DAILY STATUS REPORT from 9/7/2020 click here
  • For the GOHSEP Situational Awareness Report from 9.8.20 click here

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