Hurricane Ida Updates

Hurricane Ida Preliminary Damage Map – See initial estimates of structures damaged in Hammond.

Amwaste is running regular routes. Please keep the trash curbside because the routes are taking longer than one day to complete due to the amount of trash from Ida. Put as much as possible in the Amwaste container. If they pull away from your area, it’s because the truck is full and must go to the landfill to empty. They will come back to where they left off. They are not picking up construction debris or furniture — that’s a different company. If you have questions or complaints, please contact the City at 985-277-5955.

When removing debris, keep separate piles — DO NOT MIX:
1. Construction and furniture debris – the contractor has started picking up in Hammond
2. Tree debris – the contractor has started picking up in Hammond
3. Trash – regularly picked up by Amwaste
4. Appliances

The Parish has a contract with DRC to pick up all the construction and tree debris. DRC has 20 trucks operating in Hammond. They began picking up tree debris first and started with construction debris on Sept 20 because they know that people will have tree debris before construction debris. They will make several passes in Hammond in the next few weeks. For questions or complaints, please contact DRC at 1-888-721-4372.

Several volunteer groups are working in Hammond to help homeowners with tarping houses, mucking out houses after floodwater, clearing trees, and other home repairs. Register for assistance:

Crisis Connections/Team Rubicon, Mormon Helping Hands, and Samaritan’s Purse – 844-965-1386 – Can help with tree removal, debris cleanup, temporary roof repair, and flood cleanup.

Louisiana Baptists – Click here to go to their Facebook page where you can scan a code to complete a form. They can help with tree removal, debris cleanup, and some home repairs.

Send Me Missions – 863-800-9654 – Can help with tree removal, debris cleanup, and basic supplies.

Operation Blue Roof – The US Army Corps will install a temporary roof covering for FREE. Here’s more information. Deadline is Sept 30, 2021.
Online: Blueroof.US
Phone: 888-766-3258

Apply In Person, Everyday, 10am-6pm: Tangipahoa Parish Library in Hammond, 314 East Thomas Street
Phone: 800-621-3362
An initial denial from FEMA may only mean that you need to provide additional documentation. Take photos, keep receipts, and be persistent. Be prepared that an inspector may not come into your house. They may interview you about the damage and review your documentation. The person who submitted the application is the only one authorized to speak to FEMA about the claim.

Critical Needs Assistance may be available to you, which is a one-time payment for water, food, prescriptions, baby formula, diapers, medical equipment, and fuel.

You may also update your FEMA application based on how your situation changes — for example, if your house had minor damage at the beginning that progresses into mold due to power outages or if you are living with family and there’s no longer room at that location for you to live.

Temporary Housing Assistance may be available if you have so much damage that you can’t stay in your home.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners and business owners.
Fact Sheet describing the program, uses and interest rates.
Phone: 800-659-2955
Email with questions:

Additional help for businesses is available FREE at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.
Phone: 985-549-3831
Address: 1514 Martens Drive, Hammond, LA 70401


Fact Sheet 001: How FEMA Can Help: File Insurance Claim First

Fact sheet 002: Resources to Assist Your Hurricane Ida Recovery

Fact sheet 003: Transitional Sheltering Assistance

Fact sheet 004: Use Generators Safely at Home

Fact sheet 005: Beware of Fraud and Scam Artists

Fact Sheet 006: You Asked: I’m a renter, can I get assistance from FEMA?

Fact Sheet 008 : What to Expect When Applying for FEMA Assistance

Fact Sheet 009: Letters or Status Updates from FEMA

Fact Sheet 010: Helpful Info When Appealing a Decision from FEMA

Fact Sheet 011: Has Your Info Changed Since Applying for Ida Aid? Let FEMA Know

Fact Sheet 012: Financial Help for Cleaning Up After a Disaster or Making Your Home Accessible

Fact Sheet 013: You Asked: Can FEMA reimburse me for my lodging expenses?

Fact Sheet 014: You Asked: Is FEMA assistance available if I’m being evicted from my storm-damaged home?

Fact Sheet 015: True or False: Setting the Record Straight on SBA Loans and FEMA Assistance

Fact Sheet 016: Third-Party Written Consent: Let FEMA Know Who to Talk to About Your Application

Fact Sheet 017: FEMA May Help You with Moving and Storage Expenses

Fact Sheet 018: Tips for Returning Home Safely After a Disaster

Fact Sheet 019: What Info Does FEMA Ask for in the Application?

Fact Sheet 020: Save Your Damaged Family Treasures

News Release 001: Louisiana Survivors Affected by Hurricane Ida Can Apply for Possible FEMA Assistance

News Release 002: Hurricane Ida Survivors May be Eligible for Generator and Chainsaw Reimbursement

News Release 004: Debris Pick-Up a Priority as Louisianans Recover from Hurricane Ida

News Release 005: Spend Your FEMA Grant Wisely and Only on Disaster-Related Expenses

News Release 006: Hurricane Ida Survivors: Take Precautions Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas

New Release 007: FEMA Expands Effort to Reach Ida Survivors

YouTube Public Service Announcements

Question: I am a renter; can I apply for assistance with FEMA?

Question: As a renter, what types of help could I be eligible for?

Question: Can I use my rental assistance grant to stay in a hotel/motel?

Question: I’ve been staying in a hotel and paying for it myself, can I get reimbursed for the costs?

Question: My personal property was damaged, is there financial help available for my losses?

Question: Is Transitional Sheltering Assistance the same as rental assistance?

Question: Does help from FEMA have to be paid back?

Question: How do I apply for FEMA assistance?

Graphic: 3 ways to apply

Graphic: Best way to send disaster documents

Graphic: Beware of fraud

Graphic: Start your recovery

If you see downed lined, please do not cut them. The main poles have to be reinstalled first. Then individual customer lines will be restored.

As of Tuesday, Sept 28, Entergy has restored power to all residents and businesses that are safe to receive power. If you are still without power, please contact Entergy to report the outage at 1-800-968-8243 (9OUTAGE) or by texting OUT to 36778.

There is no longer a burn ban in Tangipahoa. Burning is not allowed in the Hammond city limits.

There is no longer a curfew in Hammond or Tangipahoa Parish.

If you need trees removed from your property and live within the Hammond city limits, complete THIS FORM if possible. If unable to fill out form please call 277-5601.

To report a tree blocking the roadway in the Hammond city limits, call 985-277-5601.

Tangipahoa Parish Schools reopened campuses for teachers on Monday, Sept 20, and students began classes on Tuesday, Sept 21.

Holy Ghost and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Schools reopened on Monday, Sept 20.

Southeastern Louisiana University – Campus reopened on Friday, Sept 17. All classes and activities resumed pre-closure status and schedules on Monday, Sept 20.

The Hammond City Court reopened on Monday, Sept 13.