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) will establish a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lake Arthur to assist individuals affected by severe storms and flooding from May 12 through May 19. The center will open on Monday, June 28 and close Wednesday, June 30. Hours of operation will be Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals may be assisted at the following location:
LAKE ARTHUR DRC
102 Arthur Avenue
Lake Arthur, LA 70549
State and federal assistance programs represented in the recovery center include Disaster Housing, Home Repair and Other Needs Assistance. Other Needs may include information on funds for personal property repair or replacement and reimbursement of disaster-related expenses, such as medical bills and moving and storage fees. Loan officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to answer questions and issue applications regarding low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners.
The center will provide answers to questions, recovery information, and written materials about various assistance programs available to individuals and business owners. Information is available for disaster unemployment, crisis counseling, Department of Insurance, tax assistance, State Attorney General's Office and Hazard Mitigation
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 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.