Recovery centers open in Terrebonne and Plaquemines parishes

Fox 8 received this news release Saturday afternoon from FEMA officials:

September 15, 2012


BATON ROUGE, La. -  State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers have opened in Terrebonne and Plaquemines parishes to assist homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their home or personal property as a result of Hurricane Isaac.

Specialists from the state of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

The new centers are located outdoors at:


Houma Civic Center

346 Civic Center Blvd.

Houma, LA 70360

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice


28028 Hwy. 23

Port Sulphur, LA 70083

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice

This is the second recovery center operating in Plaquemines Parish. Another remains open in Belle Chase.

This brings to 20 the number of centers operating in 15 parishes. More recovery centers will open as sites are identified and approved. For a list of open centers in Louisiana go online to

Applying for disaster assistance is quick and simple. Individuals can register online at or via web-enabled phone at Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.  If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to residents and businesses. After registering with FEMA, visit any Disaster Recovery Center where SBA representatives will answer questions, explain the application process and help each resident or business owner apply to SBA. For SBA information or to apply online, visit or call 1-800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 1-800-877-8339.

The major disaster declaration for Hurricane Isaac now makes available federal assistance to eligible survivors in 21 parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington and West Feliciana.

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