Baton Rouge, LA -- Lafourche Parish residents who wish to have face-to-face meetings with recovery specialists to get answers to questions and check on the status of their applications have just a short time to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). State and federal officials have announced the closing of the DRC in Thibodaux and the opening of a U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) workshop in that facility.
The Disaster Recovery Center, located in East Thibodaux Junior High School, 802 East 7th St., will continue to offer all services to applicants through 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21.
After 1 p.m. Saturday, the center will become a workshop for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA representatives will be available to help residents and business owners who are eligible for low-interest loans to help cover residential and business disaster losses not fully compensated by insurance.
The workshop will operate Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. After July 21, it will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. until further notice. Closed on Sundays.
Even though the recovery centers are closing, help is still as close as a telephone call. To register call toll-free 1-800-462-9029. Applicants may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 to find out about assistance programs and the status of their applications. Those who are hearing- or speech-impaired can call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 to apply or to check on their applications. The telephone numbers are operational from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., CDT, seven days a week until further notice.
Disaster assistance programs include housing assistance, grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other programs, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration for flood-damaged residential and business property. Disaster unemployment assistance, tax assistance and other special services are also available to eligible persons affected by the disaster.