BATON ROUGE, La. -- State and federal officials from Louisiana Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have established a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to assist individuals affected by severe storms and flooding from May 12 through May 19. The centers will open on Monday, June 14, hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm to assist individuals at the following locations:
Carencro High School
721 West Butcher Switch Road
Civic Center Complex/Green Room
Gossen Memorial Drive
(South of I-10)
Bayou Sorrel Fire Station
33275 Highway 75
The centers will provide answers to questions, recovery information, and written materials about various assistance programs available to individuals and business owners. State and federal assistance programs represented in the recovery centers include Disaster Housing, Home Repair, Other Needs Assistance including personal property and transportation, disaster unemployment, crisis counseling, Department of Insurance, tax assistance, State Attorney General’s Office and Hazard Mitigation. Loan officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to answer questions regarding low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners.
Individuals who have been affected by the disaster are urged to start the application process before visiting a center by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hearing and speech impaired individuals may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.