BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Lafayette Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), which will be closed on Saturday and Sunday (June 26-27), will be open weekdays from 9:00am to 6:00 pm, according to Louisiana Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Lafayette DRC is located at the Carencro High School on Butcher Switch Road.
The DRC in Lafayette will close permanently at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, June 30.
“Help is still as close as a phone call,” said Pete Martinasco, federal coordinating officer. “The closing of the Lafayette DRC does not in any way affect the services being provided to disaster victims.”
To apply for disaster assistance or to check on the status of an application, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who are hearing or speech-impaired can call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The lines remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
Disaster assistance may include temporary housing assistance and home repair grants as well as grants to meet serious needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other programs, and the U.S. Small Business Administration also offers low interest loans for homeowners, renters and business owners. Other types of help include information about taxes, crisis counseling and disaster unemployment benefits.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the 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.