Fact check: No, FEMA is not paying for hotels for Hurricane Ida evacuees, unless you qualify

Molly Weisner
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Can't skip the line, FEMA says.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency took to Twitter on Tuesday to address rumors being spread that it would reimburse hotel costs for Hurricane Ida evacuees. 

FEMA does offer financial recourse for storm victims, but not without filing for Disaster Assistance online first at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

How to get aid:Terrebonne and Lafourche residents could be eligible for FEMA aid after Hurricane Ida. Here's how to apply

Then, once you apply, FEMA will provide information about the type of assistance that you or your family are determined eligible for.

How to help:Want to donate or volunteer to assist those affected by Hurricane Ida?

Beware of donation scams or phishing attempts, even in a disaster. The FCC cautions Americans to be vigilant of unconfirmed or unverified organizations or individuals:

"Scammers use phone, text, mail, email, and even go door to door to target residents of affected areas following hurricanes and damaging storms."

Want more information about how to stay safe from potential fraud? Have suspicions? Check out this resource.

Molly Weisner is a digital producer for the USA Today network. Find her on Twitter @molly_weisner.