Erath disaster center converts to SBA center
BATON ROUGE, – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Erath will close on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 and reopen Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 as a U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC).
The mission of servicing individuals seeking disaster assistance from FEMA has been completed and staff will now locate to areas still in need of help.
The DRC, soon to become a DLOC, is located at the following address:American Legion Hall, 605 North Gin,
The hours of operation for the DLOC will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The office will be closed on Sunday.
Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike and needing further assistance may receive help by calling the toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 1-800-462-7585) which is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Applicants can also register on-line at www.fema.gov.
Officials remind affected residents who have already filled out damage report forms with the state, parish emergency managers or voluntary agencies that they must register with FEMA at the above numbers or Web site to be considered for federal assistance. All residents also are encouraged to get involved with the recovery process by helping spread the word about available assistance and the registration numbers.
In addition to receiving help from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not fully covered by insurance. The SBA may loan up to $200,000 to repair or replace homes and up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Up to $2 million is available for uncompensated business disaster losses.
Residents and business owners can receive information about SBA disaster loans and help with the application process by calling the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or visiting the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov.