BATON ROUGE, La. (FEMA) - 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
Main Library Scott Civic Center
219 Loyola Avenue 1200 Major Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70112 New Roads, LA 70760
St. Tammany Parish Terrebonne Parish
Public Works Building Old Bingo Hall
1100 Mandeville High Boulevard 805 Barrow Street
Mandeville, LA 70471 Houma, LA 70360
St. Helena Parish
247 Industrial Park Road
Greensburg, LA 70441