Legal Documents Under Water? FEMA Throws A Life Raft
It’s a skill many New Orleanians learned the hard way after Hurricane Katrina – how to replace lost or damaged documents.
Now, as more than 119,000 households have registered for Federal aid due to recent flooding that damaged more than 100,000 homes throughout Southeast Louisiana, FEMA has compiled the following list of contacts and websites to help those in need start to get their lives back, one document at a time:
• Louisiana Driver’s Licenses - 1-888-214-5367
• SNAP Cards (Food Stamps) - 1-888-524-3578
• Birth and Death Certificates - (225) 342-9500
• Bank Checks, ATM/ Debit Cards or Safe Deposit Boxes - 1-877-275-3342
• Credit Cards
American Express - 1-800-327-1267
Discover - 1-800-347-2683
MasterCard - 1-800-627-8372
Visa - 1-800-847-2911
• Credit Reports (Equifax, Experian or TransUnion) - 1-877-322-8228
• Social Security Cards - 1-800-772-1213
• Green Cards - 1-800-375-5283
• Identity Theft Resource Center - 1-888-400-5530
• Medicare Cards - 1-800-772-1213
• Passports - 1-877-487-2778
• U.S. Savings Bonds - 1-844-284-2676
• Tax Returns - 1-800-829-1040
• Military Records - 1-866-272-6272
• Real Estate and Property Records (Mortgage Documents, Deeds, etc.)
• Medical and Prescription Records can be accessed by calling your doctor. Medical and prescription records are tracked electronically.
• Proof of Address/ Residency can be obtained by contacting your local utility company to obtain a recent bill.
• National Archives Records - 1-866-272-6272
• U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - 1-800-659-2955
The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. The SBA helps businesses, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure the nation works together to build, sustain and improve its capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
FEMA reps urge everyone to continue to use caution in areas where floodwaters remain and to monitor DOTD’s website for updated road closure information.
For more information on the State’s response click here.