How to document damage for FEMA claim

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – FEMA said there are several steps homeowners with flood damage should take as they clear their homes.

The first step homeowners should take is to turn off power to the home at the main breaker box.

Then, take pictures of everything you can. You should stand in the middle of each room and take pictures in every direction.

As items are being removed from the home, have someone at the door making a list of every single item that leaves the home and save that for the claims process.

After items are outside, take photos of the debris piles.

FEMA says it is important to register for FEMA help as soon as possible so that an inspector can get to your home and begin the claims process. People can register by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by going online to www.disasterassistance.gov.

FEMA says the agency cannot duplicate insurance coverage. So, if your insurance coverages something, FEMA cannot also cover it. FEMA can, however, help with immediate needs such as housing, medication and vital items like wheelchairs or false teeth that might have been lost or damaged.

The following parishes are included on the list for federally declared disasters:

  •  Acadia
  • Ascension
  • Avoyelles
  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Feliciana
  • Evangeline
  • Iberia
  • Iberville
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Lafayette
  • Livingston
  • Pointe Coupee
  • St. Helena
  • St. Landry
  • St. Martin
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Vermilion
  • Washington
  • West Feliciana

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