Congressman Carter Information for Most Active Time During Hurricane Season

New Orleans Agenda

We are now in the midst of hurricane season and must be fully prepared for disasters with swift, effective response systems. I am continually updating my Hurricane and Tropical Weather Resources page with the latest information to provide Louisianans with preparedness and recovery assistance. Below please find the latest resources available for each of the parishes in LA-02. Please note that things will change fast, so check guidance from local news or government websites for the most up-to-date information.

Here are a few steps to take to prepare for a storm:
Louisiana disaster survivors are urged to register for federal disaster assistance with FEMA. Individuals and business owners in the designated parishes who had storm or flood damage should register for “Individual Assistance” with FEMA in the following ways:
Online at
By phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585
For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362

FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance
If you are eligible for Transitional Sheltering Assistance, FEMA will pay the cost to stay in certain lodging providers for a limited period. Costs covered are for the cost of the room and taxes, and any other expenses are not included. Search the list of participating locations to see if they have availability in the area you have selected. Since room availability changes quickly, please call the lodging provider prior to traveling to be sure the lodging provider can accommodate your need.
You must have a FEMA registration number to access a list of participating lodging providers. Apply for FEMA
disaster assistance above to obtain a registration number.

For shelter information, text ‘LASHELTER’ to 898211 or call 2-1-1.
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP)
DSNAP provides eligible households who do not currently receive SNAP benefits with help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster. You can pre-register now.

Community Lighthouses
The Community Lighthouse project aims to provide commercial-scale solar power and back-up battery capacity to 86 congregations and community institutions across the city. During extended power outages the lighthouses will immediately assess need and aid their surrounding communities. They will provide charging stations, food distribution, cooling and heating stations, oxygen exchange, light medical equipment, and more. When the entire network of 86 lighthouses is complete, every New Orleans resident will live within a 15-minute walk of one.
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