Two More Disaster Recovery Centers Open Today for Louisiana Residents

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Release date: 
September 17, 2008
Release Number: 
1786-027

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The doors are open at two more Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) today for residents and business owners who were affected by Hurricanes Gustav or Ike, making the total 11. Federal and state officials encourage Louisiana residents and business owners to visit.

The two DRCs are located at:

Ascension Parish??????????????????????????????????????????????????????? West Baton Rouge Parish?????????????????
Old All Star Ford Building????????????????????????????????????????????? Old City Hall????????????????????????????????????????
13192 Airline Highway?????????????????????????????????????????????????750 N. Jefferson
Gonzales, LA? 70737????????????????????????????????????????????????????Port Allen, LA 70767

Currently, the centers are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to officials from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). More centers will open soon to provide help and answer questions about the registration process after you register for assistance.

At the centers, residents and business owners can meet with representatives from the state, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Red Cross to get answers and information. Applicants can get disaster loan applications and information and drop off completed applications. Returning the applications is a key part of the disaster recovery process even if you do not want a loan. If you do not return the applications, the process for individuals to get aid ends. Please complete the application as you may be eligible for other needs through the state or non-profits.

Applicants don?t have to visit centers in their own parishes; they can go to the centers nearest to where they work or where they currently are staying. As a reminder, please register before you visit a DRC and bring your registration number. Those with computer access to the Internet should register online at www.fema.gov in order to free up the telephone registration lines for those who do not have computers.

FEMA mitigation specialists also are on hand at the DRCs to give advice on ways to minimize or eliminate damage to their property from future storms. This free service is available to any Louisiana residents, not just those who had damage from the recent hurricanes.

Callers can help out by calling before or after peak hours or on Sundays to reduce wait time. Residents may call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 1-800-462-7585) 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Applicants who had damage from both hurricanes must register twice, once for each disaster.

Additional DRC locations are:

Avoyelles Parish???????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Iberville Parish
Avoyelles Parish Shopping Center????????????????????????????????? Iberville Parish Library?????????????????????????
(Next to Popeye's Chicken)?????????????????????????????????????????? 24605 J. Gerald Berret Boulevard??????????
816 Tunica Drive East?????????????????????????????????????????????????? Plaquemine, LA? 70764
Marksville, LA 71351

Lafourche Parish??????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Livingston Parish
Old Walmart Building??????????????????????????????????????????????????? Old State Police Camp
4876 Highway 1??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Classroom # 2
Mathews, LA 70375????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 11845 Buddy Ellis Road
Denham Springs, LA? 70726

Orleans Parish????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Point Coupee Parish
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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