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How to Replace Important Documents That May Have Been Lost or Damaged During a Hurricane

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Recent hurricanes may have resulted in the loss of important documents, but there are ways to replace them.

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 4:30 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. – Recent hurricanes may have resulted in the loss of important documents, but there are ways to replace them.

Birth and Death Certificates:
Visit https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/649, call 504-593-5100 or email dhh-vitelweb@la.gov.

Louisiana Driver Licenses:
Visit https://www.expresslane.org/Pages/default.aspx.

Marriage and Divorce Documents:
Visit the Louisiana Registrar and Vital Records office online at https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/2687.

Green Cards:
Visit https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-we-grant-your-green-card/replace-your-green-cardor call 800-375-5283.

Social Security Cards:
Visit https://www.ssa.gov/myaccountor call 800-772-1213.

Identity Theft Resource Center:
Visit https://www.idtheftcenter.org/, call 888-400-5530 or emailinfo@fightidentitytheft.com.

Medicare Cards:
Visit https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ or call 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778) 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Tax Return Documents and Filing Deadlines: The IRS announced that survivors of Hurricane Laura have until Dec. 31, 2020, to file individual and business tax returns and make tax payments; Hurricane Delta survivors have until Feb.16, 2021. For more information, visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations or call 800-829-1040 (TTY 800-822-4059).


U.S. Department of Agriculture Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool for Farmers:

Visit https://www.farmers.gov/recover/disaster-tool#step-1.

Military Service Records:
Visit https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records-0.

Insurance Documents:
Contact the Louisiana Department of Insurance online at http://www.ldi.la.gov/ or call 800-259-5300 or 225-342-5900.

National Archives Records:
Visit https://www.archives.gov/preservation/records-emergency or call 866-272-6272. Learn how to preserve family archives, such as papers and photographs, at https://www.archives.gov/preservation/family-archives.

Legal Resources:
To request legal help visit https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/legalhelp/ or call 800-310-7029.

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit fema.gov/disaster/4559. For the latest information on Hurricane Delta, visit fema.gov/disaster/4570. Or, follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

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