Louisiana has many benefits in place for upgrading to a FORTIFIED Roof™. A FORTIFIED Roof will strengthen your roof, save you money on home insurance and taxes, and can help to ensure the safety of your home during the next Hurricane.

Starting July 1st, 2022, home and business owners who build or retrofit to the FORTIFIED Home™ or FORTIFIED Commercial™ standards will qualify for a reduced rate or discount on their hazard insurance.

Hurricane Recovery Information Louisiana

Use this document to understand the options you have when rebuilding or re-roofing after Hurricane Ida in Mississippi.

Recover and Protect Your Property Safely

Follow these steps from IBHS to safely secure, protect and begin to repair and rebuild your property.

Apply for FEMA and SBA disaster assistance -

Start your FEMA application at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362

Even if you have insurance, apply for disaster aid at disasterassistance.gov.

Apply for The Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Applying for SBA loans can open up additional assistance even if you don't take the loan. SBA loans can also provide additional funding up to 20% of a loan value for rebuilding projects to mitigate your home, including repairs and rebuilding that will meet the FORTIFIED Home™ standard.

If your home is damaged, do not answer no to housing assistance or rental assistance at this time. Those options can be used for temporary housing while you rebuild. By answering no, you may make yourself ineligible for some disaster assistance.

The Residential Property Storm Mitigation Incentives brochure outlines insurance premium discounts and tax deductions. Louisiana homeowners qualify for insurance discounts and tax incentives to strengthen their homes, including installing a FORTIFIED Roof.

Homeowners qualify for up to $5,000 in tax deductions or half the home retrofits costs, whichever is less. This includes FORTIFIED Roof and other construction retrofits the state of Louisiana recognizes. (Page 7).

Check home builder or roofers license - Use the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors License Verification site to check that your roofer or contractor is licensed. This ensures they are legally able to do work in Louisiana to repair homes after a hurricane.

The Louisiana Homeowners Rate Comparison Guide can help you compare homeowners insurance rates among companies based on various examples, including mitigation.

The Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation assessment is not a tax credit; it's a refund on property insurance. If you paid this with your premium, the amount is listed on your policy's declarations page and is partially refundable once it is paid.

The Louisiana Individual Assistance (IA) Grant Program provides information on Louisiana's FEMA-based support for individuals and families in the wake of a Presidentially declared disaster. From grants that provide for special and personal needs to temporary housing to helping with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and more, the FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) Program is an essential resource for community members recovering from a disaster.

Download Louisiana's Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters - The Homeowners Handbook is a comprehensive document that provides an overview of the hazards most likely to affect residents. It contains information about preparing your family, protecting your property, the types of insurance you need, and what to do if your home is damaged during a disaster.

Insurance claims and Federal Disaster Assistance after Hurricane Ida

  • File a claim with your insurer for both homeowners and flood insurance. Understand your deductibles. You will be responsible for these costs. Negotiate with your adjuster.
  • Use FEMA's How Do I Start My Flood Claim? website to understand the insurance claims, repair, and rebuilding process. 
  • Use this checklist from FEMA to understand what you need when filing a flood insurance claim and how to negotiate with your insurance adjuster. 
  • Apply for FEMA disaster assistance (disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362). Applying will also allow you to apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, which offer low-interest rates.
  • Avoid Fraud - Do not assign benefits to a contractor, called an Assigned of Benefits (AOB) contract. Talk with your insurance company about claims directly. Get three roof repair quotes in writing on company letterhead. Check for a home builder or roofer State license. Download our Fraud Checklist
  • Re-roof to FORTIFIED standards to strengthen your home and be eligible for insurance discounts.

Quick tips for rebuilding stronger after Hurricane Ida

Avoid contractor fraud -

With the right questions, you can find a quality roofer or contractor, avoid fraud, and get a stronger roof to protect your family. Download the Contractor Fraud Checklist for in-depth steps to take after a hurricane.

Build back strong with FORTIFIED -

Now it is time to rebuild stronger. Upgrade to a FORTIFIED Roof™ to strengthen your home against future storms, and save money on home insurance and taxes.

Use our Service Directory -

Find a FORTIFIED roofer or contractor. Make sure you are also working with a FORTIFIED Evaluator who can ensure your home meets the FORTIFIED standard. Without an Evaluator, you cannot have a FORTIFIED home.

Learn how to inspect your roof for damage safely.

Tax Relief -

If you were affected by a Presidentially declared disaster, you might qualify for tax relief by the IRS. Qualifying FEMA disaster relief payments can be excluded from taxable income. Contact a tax advisor.

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