Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson and Orleans Parishes

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Release date: 
September 20, 2008
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BATON ROUGE, La. - Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) opened today in Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson and Orleans parishes for residents and business owners who were affected by hurricanes Gustav or Ike. This makes 15 centers open to date.

The new DRCs are located at:

Assumption Parish
Napoleonville Community Center
4770 Highway 1    
Napoleonville, LA 70390

East Baton Rouge Parish
Louisiana Leadership Institute
5763 Hooper Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70811

Jefferson Parish
Avondale Park
709 South Jamie Boulevard
Avondale, LA 70072

Orleans Parish
New Orleans Recreation Department
Community Center in Algiers
6600 Belgrade Street
New Orleans, LA

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).

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 anyone, 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:

Ascension Parish        
Old All Star Ford Building    
13192 Airline Highway     
Gonzales, LA  70737

Avoyelles Parish     
Avoyelles Parish Shopping Center      
(Next to Popeye's Chicken)     
816 Tunica Drive East     
Marksville, LA 71351

Iberville Parish
Iberville Parish Library
24605 J. Gerald Berret Boulevard
Plaquemine, LA  70764

Lafourche Parish      
Old Walmart Building
4876 Highway 1     
Mathews, LA 70375

Livingston Parish
Old State Police Camp
Classroom # 2
11845 Buddy Ellis Road
Denham Springs, LA  70726

Orleans Parish          
Main Library         

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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