To regular folks like you and me, you wouldn't think it would be necessary to ask but because this is the government we are dealing with, don't expect common sense to apply, right? I am talking about the fact that it's pretty obvious Louisiana needs a hand following Hurricane Delta which came right on the heels of Hurricane Laura. But you can't get until you ask, especially in the world of government funding.

Yesterday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that he had officially requested a Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Delta. Now, don't think the Governor has been sleeping on the job, he had to wait for the disaster to happen and then get enough information on just how bad things were to begin the proceedings to make the request.

It's all government protocol, so don't spend too much time trying to figure it out.

What the Governor's request will do is start the processes in Washington D.C. that will most likely lead to a Major Disaster Declaration being issued for at least part of our state because of the storm. Once the federal government makes the declaration that's when you'll start to see more federal money and relief supplies rolling into the state.

The request from Governor Edwards is for FEMA Public Assistance Categories A and B for debris removal and emergency protective measures. The request will also cover FEMA Individual Assistance for those impacted by the storm.

According to Governor Edwards's request, Acadia, Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Cameron, and Vermilion Parishes were the areas of the state most impacted by Hurricane Delta. It shouldn't take too long for the federal response to come back and it will most likely be an approval. Then recovery efforts can really get underway.