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Disaster Resources

Agenda for Children has compiled the following resources and information for early child care centers, family child care providers and families who are affected by disasters and emergencies.

General Information

  • FEMA: Apply online for FEMA Disaster Assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or apply by phone: 1-800-621-3362 (TTY tel:1-800-462-7585) or through the FEMA mobile app. FEMA provides a Help after a disaster” brochure (available in 27 languages) that provides a general overview of FEMA services .
  • FEMA Transitional Housing: Individuals in affected parishes may be eligible to get free short-term housing at participating hotels. See FEMA’s F.A.Q.s for more information or visit www.femaevachotels.com to see a list of participating hotels.
  • Shelters: Anyone in the affected area that needs a safe place to stay should call 211, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or download the free Red Cross Emergency app for shelter locations. You can also text LASHELTER to 898-211 or NOLAREADY to 77295.
  • Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) Guide: Families who don’t normally qualify for SNAP may qualify for D-SNAP. The Louisiana Budget Project put together a guide to D-SNAP so Louisianans can have a better understanding of what to expect and how to access this important benefit. Families who pre-registered for D-SNAP must still apply for benefits. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has a short printable guide on how to apply or you can visit the D-SNAP web page.
  • Local information: Visit your parish and city’s web site for the latest information on food, ice distribution, cooling stations, and recovery efforts. Most parishes also have texting systems you can opt into for the latest news, which can be particularly helpful as services are changing quickly. Find your local parish’s emergency web site and contact on the GOHSEP web site.
  • The State of Louisiana’s Hurricane Ida Recovery web site is a clearinghouse of information on Ida recovery, from road closures to reporting disaster fraud. Learn more
  • Operation Blue Roof: The Army Corps of Engineers’ Operation Blue Roof program provides free blue tarps and installation. Learn more
  • Tarps and Clean Up Assistance for people in need: (844) 965-1386 or Crisiscleanup.org
  • Medical Needs for Disabled People and Individuals over 60: Call the Emergency Management Disability and Aging Coalition’s hotline at 1-800-270-6185 if you are disabled or over 60 and in need of medical equipment (such as assistive devices charging adapters) or medication due to the hurricane or evacuation.
  • Help Finding Resources: Call 211 to get help finding local resources. During the Ida emergency, 211 has made their resource guide available to the public in both a spreadsheet format and as an interactive map.
  • Legal F.A.Q.s for Renters after Hurricane Ida: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services put together a list of frequently asked questions for renters after the hurricane. Learn more
  • Legal Assistance: Call Southeast Louisiana Legal Services’ Disaster Hotline at 1-844-244-7871 to get legal assistance.
  • Prescription help for uninsured individuals: People impacted by Hurricane Ida and who are uninsured can get their prescriptions free of charge. Run by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) is designed to assist people without health insurance in a federally-identified disaster area replace prescription drugs, vaccinations, medical supplies, and other equipment that they need. People who live within the parishes of the defined Louisiana disaster area, and do NOT have any form of prescription insurance, should call the EPAP enrollment hotline at 1-855- 793-7470. Learn more
  • Free crisis counseling: SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides multi-lingual 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call or text 1-800-985-5990.
  • Disaster Unemployment: People who became unemployed as a result of Hurricane Ida and live in one of the affected parishes may be eligible for disaster unemployment, including self-employed individuals who would not normally qualify for unemployment. Read the F.A.Q.s from the Louisiana Workforce Commission or apply online at www.laworks.net.
  • Power Coalition Resource Guide: The Power Coalition has put together statewide resources, as well as resources specific to New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Learn more

Information for Centers and Family Child Care Providers

  • Shelter from the Storm: Resources for Early Care and Education Professionals: a guide (available in English and Spanish) created by Zero to Three and Save the Children to help early childhood educators support young children and their families after a disaster. Learn more
  • NOAA identified these items to include in your disaster kit:
    🥫🚰 Food & Water
    🩹💊 First Aid & Prescriptions
    📻 Battery powered radio
    🔦🔋 Flashlight & Batteries
    📱🔌 Cell phone & solar charger
    💵 Cash

Information for Families

  • FEMA Child Care Assistance: FEMA may reimburse eligible disaster survivors for increased disaster-caused financial child care costs. Learn more in FEMA’s fact sheet on child care assistance. Eligible families can seek reimbursement for disaster-related child care costs for children 13 and younger, as well as disabled youth up to age 21 who need assistance with activities of daily living.
  • Infant Feeding Hotline: Birthmark Doulas is offering a hotline for infant feeding questions and any other questions parents of young children may have. Call them at (504) 535-4223.
  • TIKES: Tulane’s TIKES program is providing free tele-mental-health support for parents and caregivers affected by Hurricane Ida. Visit their website to request a session.
  • Talking to Children about Disasters: This publication from the American Academy of Pediatrics gives practical tips on how to support your children after a hurricane or other disaster. Learn more
  • Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster: This guide from the CDC helps you support your children and gives you ideas of common reactions by age. Learn more
  • Shelter from the Storm: A Parent’s Guide: a guide (available in English and Spanish) created by Zero to Three and Save the Children to help parents support young children during and after  a disaster. Learn more
  • Helping your child prepare for a storm and its aftermath: A coping toolkit for families: ReadyRosie (Teaching Strategies) and the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston created this free resource for families and schools. Learn more

Crisis Lines and Mental Health Supports

The Louisiana Department of Health shared the following resources to support anyone who might need a little extra support at this time:

Louisiana resources

National resources

Downloadable resources

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