Two More Disaster Recovery Centers Open Today for Louisiana Residents

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 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

Mobile DRC Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 20.