Baton Rouge, LA -- Federal and state officials said that Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are now open in Acadia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes to assist residents with damage and losses caused by from Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili. The additional centers bring the total to nine fixed-site recovery centers augmented by two mobile DRCs visiting outlying areas.
Disaster officials strongly suggest applicants avoid delays by first calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) before visiting a DRC. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments who use special keyboard equipment (TTY) should register at 800-462-7585 before visiting the centers. All facilities are handicapped accessible.
The location of the new centers:
1407 The Boulevard, Ste F
Martin Luther King Center
309 Cora Street
St. Theresa Comm. Center
101 North Leonard Ave.
All DRCs will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
Every DRC is staffed with state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) specialists who will provide information on disaster programs including:
- Disaster housing assistance for individuals and households whose homes were destroyed or made unlivable as a result of storm-related-damage. The program provides for temporary lodging for homeowners and renters and for repairs needed to make a flood-damaged home safe, secure and habitable.
- Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters or businesses.
- Grants available through the Individual and Family Grant program for people who have serious immediate needs resulting from the disaster that cannot be met by other sources.
- Disaster-reduction ideas and advice for homeowners to reduce the risk of losses in future disasters.
"The DRCs will remain open as long as necessary to help the people of Louisiana recover from this disaster," said Art Jones, state coordinating officer.
Declared Parishes: Individual Assistance (families and individuals): Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Vermillion.