11.5.21 Update

Hurricane Ida Recovery Update 

Friday, November 5, 2021


  • The new deadline to apply for FEMA disaster assistance is November 29th.
  • Apply for FEMA assistance online at disasterassistance.gov, by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585, Phone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, you can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply and meet with FEMA specialists in person.
  • Due to daylight saving time, Sunday, Nov. 7, the hours of operation for the disaster recovery centers in St. John Parish are: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday- Saturday; closed Sunday: Located at:
  • Frazee-Harris Memorial Library (parking lot)
    • 111Historic Front Street, Garyville, La. 70051
  • Roland Borne Sr. Memorial Library (parking lot)

2979 Hwy. 18, Edgard, La. 70049

Debris Collection

  • To date more than 797,000 debris has been collected Parishwide.
  • DOTD activated a call center for questions related to Hurricane debris on state roadways which can be reached at 800-950-2732.

No change from previous update:

Disaster Distress Helpline

  • If you're looking for ways to cope with stress or anxiety, there are free resources available:

-Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

Temporary Housing

  • If you need temporary housing, please register for the state’s Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program or call (844) 268-0301 or for TTY services call (844) 458-1806. (Please also register with FEMA at disasterassistance.gov)
  • If you have registered for the state program, please stay in contact at IdaShelteringLA.com.
  • Already registered? Check your status by viewing your registration at IdaShelteringLA.com. If your registration is incomplete, answer all information. Please make sure to complete the following:

Release of Information (ROI),

Right of Entry (ROE); and

provide a copy of your government issued identification.

  • 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). Please note, if there is a hold time longer than 3 minutes, you will be offered to have a Program Team Member return your call without losing your place.

    Elderly Assistance

  • Residents who need elderly assistance should call the Department of Health & Human Services at 985-536-4955 during business hours, 8am-4:30pm daily.


  • Permit fees for repairs and renovations due to hurricane damage have been waived until February 28, 2022.
  • Building permits are not needed for the following types of work:
  • 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, 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.

    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)