NEW ORLEANS - District "D" Councilmember Jared C. Brossett is encouraging residents to examine their expenses following the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, as FEMA is reimbursing individuals for the cost of generators and chainsaws.
“It is critical we get the word out to those who are putting the pieces back together,” said Councilmember Brossett. “This storm and the resulting citywide power outage forced many residents to purchase a generator, regardless of whether it was within their budgets. This FEMA assistance is critical to allow working families all across the city to continue to recover.”
Survivors interested in generator and/or chainsaw reimbursement from FEMA must first apply for assistance. They may do so by:
- Visting DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Downloading the FEMA mobile app.
- Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).
- Multilingual operators are available.
- Lines are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.
- Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362.
Applicants who purchase or rent a generator and/or chainsaw between August 26, 2021, and September 25, 2021, may be eligible to receive financial assistance for reimbursement if:
- The applicant meets the general eligibility requirements for FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.
- The generator was purchased or rented due to a disruption in electrical utility service caused by Hurricane Ida.
- Proof-of-purchase or rental receipts for the items are submitted by the applicant.
FEMA may reimburse applicants up to $800 for generators and up to $250 for chainsaws.