Hurricane Ida made landfall on Aug. 29, slamming into southeast Louisiana. The category 4 storm, packing winds of up to 150 mph, caused extensive damage and left at least one million people without power in the state as it charged north.
By Sept. 1, the storm had made its way to the northeast, killing nearly 50 people in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Floodwaters rendered public transportation and roads useless, trapping travelers from Pittsburgh to New York City.
We don’t yet know the full impact of the storm, but there are steps that those who have been affected can take now to get relief. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
It’s important to understand that federal relief—including tax provisions—often depends on whether you live in an area that has officially been designated as a disaster area by the president. You can check to see if you qualify by clicking over to