Vernon Parish has been approved for FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) and Debris Removal following Hurricane Laura, bringing the number of parishes where people can register for federal assistance to six, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Sunday.

Gov. Edwards’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration was approved on Friday evening. In it, the Governor requested Individual Assistance, which is for people who suffered damage in the storm, for those affected in 23 parishes total. So far, FEMA has approved IA for Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon parishes. 

“This approval is great news for the people of Vernon Parish, which was heavily impacted by Hurricane Laura's destructive winds. I encourage everyone who had damage from Hurricane Laura in Vernon, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes to register for FEMA aid now,” Gov. Edwards said. “For people in other parishes impacted by Hurricane Laura, please know that I requested aid for an additional 17 parishes and do believe additional parishes will be approved by FEMA as damage assessments continue, and you may soon be eligible for aid.” 

Federal FEMA assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans for uninsured property loss and other programs to help people and businesses recover from Hurricane Laura.

People who sustained losses in Hurricane Laura in the designated parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon parishes can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at http://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.

Additional parishes may be added to this declaration by FEMA, as damage assessments are ongoing.