BATON ROUGE, La. -- The
State of Louisiana and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
have opened Disaster Recovery Centers on Sunday to help people
who suffered losses and damages from Hurricane Ivan.
"People will be able to talk
face-to-face with representatives from FEMA's Individual
Assistance program, the U.S. Small Business Administration,
Louisiana Departments of Social Services, Health and Hospital,
the Department of Labor (disaster unemployment assistance), and
crisis counselors," said Art Jones, State Coordinating Officer.
"We want people to have the option of this personal assistance."
The Centers will be located in
the following parishes:
35619 Highway 11
Buras, La 70041
Sebastien Roy School
4301 Bayou Road
Reggio, La 70085
Municipal Training Academy
401 City Park Ave.
New Orleans, La 70112
St. Rose Primary School
11724 River Road
St. Rose, La 70087
Hours of operations: 9 a.m. to 7
p.m. Monday -Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday until further
Before coming to a Disaster
Recovery Center, applicants are encouraged to apply by using the
FEMA toll-free registration number:
1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For people who are speech or
hearing-impaired, the TTY number is
1-800-462-7585. Recovery specialists take applications 8
a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became
part of the U.S. 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.