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Did You Get the Help You Needed After a Hurricane or Tropical Storm? We’re Investigating Disaster Relief.

Catastrophes don’t affect all Americans equally. We want to hear about your experiences applying for aid and paying for flood insurance.

Floodwater from Hurricane Ida surrounds a home in Barataria, Louisiana. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

ProPublica and The Advocate | The Times-Picayune could use your help investigating how America prepares for hurricanes and tropical storms and helps victims afterwards. The news organizations are exploring how a range of policies unintentionally punish working-class Americans and people of color, contributing to the disproportionate harm they suffer in catastrophes.

The problem is particularly urgent in Louisiana. Not only is it one of the poorest states in the union, it’s the most flood-prone, and it has been struck by some of the costliest natural disasters ever to hit the U.S. Sweeping changes made to the National Flood Insurance Program, which went into effect in April and resulted in premium increases for many Louisiana policyholders, will only exacerbate the situation.

If you have been impacted by a disaster and received or applied for government assistance, and you’re willing to help, please sign up here by answering a few questions below.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY: We appreciate you sharing this information, and we take your privacy seriously. We are gathering this for the purposes of our reporting, and we will not publish your name or information without your consent.

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Maya Miller contributed reporting.

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