FEMA has approved five more south Louisiana parishes for individual assistancein the wake of Hurricane Isaac, according to state emergency officials.
Residents in Assumption, St. Helena, St. James, Terrebonne and Washington parishes are now eligible for federal assistance to cover uninsured damages from the storm. This brings the total number of parishes eligible for individual assistance to 16.
State officials said they would also request disaster food assistance, or DSNAP, be approved for those parishes as well.
Only residents of the following 9 parishes are currentlyeligible for DSNAP benefits: Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany. Starting on Sept. 8, residents of St. Charles and Tangipahoa parishes will be eligible for DSNAP benefits.
Louisiana has also requested individual disaster assistance forseven additional parishes, whichare still pending FEMA approval: East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Mary, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.
People in parishes approved for assistance can apply for disaster assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
People can also pre-apply fordisaster food stampbenefits even if their parish hasn't been approved for assistance yet, which authorities said would speed the process if federal aid for their parish is approved. To pre-apply, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578), or go to the DCFS website or GetAGamePlan.org.