11.29.21 Update

Hurricane Ida Recovery Update

Monday, November 29, 2021


Today is the last day to apply for Hurricane Ida assistance through FEMA (midnight deadline).

Three ways to apply:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • By phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.
  • At Disaster Recovery Center in Garyville Library Parking Lot until 5 pm.
  • If you’ve already applied, you can continue to upload documents and information to your file.
  • Make sure to keep your contact information up to date to avoid any delays.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center in the Garyville Library Parking Lot (111 Historic Front St. in Garyville) will be open today until 5 p.m. for those who would like to apply in person before the FEMA application deadline.
  • The DRC will remain open until further notice Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those who need assistance with an open application after today's deadline.

SBA Deadline Reminder

  • The Deadline to register/apply with SBA is also today, November 29, 2021.
  • The Deadline to apply to SBA Economic Injury is May 31, 2022.

- Applicants may apply for an SBA disaster loan online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications:

Debris Removal

  • To date, more than 860,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected in St. John. Debris crews are continuing to collect debris Parishwide.  

No change from previous update:

Parish President Hotard Brings Hurricane Ida Free Legal Services to St. John

  • Hurricane Ida Disaster Legal Assistance is available by appointment every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the legal clinic located at 1811 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace. St. John the Baptist Parish residents seeking disaster-related legal assistance can contact Southeast Legal Services at 225-448-0080 ext. 336 to schedule an appointment. If no one answers, please leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call.

Temporary Housing

  • The State set up the Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program to help assist Hurricane Ida survivors with direct and non-congregate sheltering in areas such as St. John.
  • This program is being run by the State and you must apply for this program separately from FEMA. To do so, please visit idashelteringla.com or call (844) 268-0301.
  • Already registered? Check your status by viewing your registration at IdaShelteringLA.com. If you have any questions, please reach out to a Program Team Member by calling 1-844-268-0301 or 1-844-458-1806 for talk to text (TTY).

Long Term Recovery Group

  • St. John Parish recently activated the Long Term Recovery Group to assist residents with unmet needs due to Hurricane Ida.
  • If you are a homeowner and are uninsured, underinsured, or need assistance due to Hurricane Ida, please call the St John Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) at 985-703-8411.  

Elderly Assistance

  • Elderly residents who may need assistance can continue to call our Department of Health & Human Services office at 985-536-4955 during business hours.


  • Permit fees for repairs and renovations due to hurricane damage have been waived however a permit may still be needed in some instances.
  • Building permits are not needed for Shingles, Sheetrock, Cabinetry, Flooring, Fencing, Doors, Siding, Trim and Painting.
  • Permits are only needed when structural repairs are made to the framing, roof, or electrical components of the house.
  • If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 985-651-5565.

Safe Reconnect

  • If you sustained damage to your home or business electrical and/or gas systems and the utility was not able to reconnect service, please contact Planning & Zoning at Email safereconnect@stjohn-la.gov or call 985-651-5565 so someone in this department can work with you on reconnection.

Beware of Fraud

  • Report scams, fraud, and identity theft to FEMA’s toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.
  • Contact the Louisiana Attorney General Consumer Protection Section, P.O. Box 94005, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9005. Or fax your complaint to 225-326-6499.

Stay Connected:

  • For text alerts, text SJPWEATHER to 888-77
  • Parish website: sjbparish.gov
  • Parish social media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
  • Government Access Channel (15/99)