A Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center will open in Acadia Parish starting Saturday, Sept. 26, to help Hurricane Laura survivors.

The drive-thru center is staffed with FEMA personnel who are available to scan documents, assist with registration and answer questions about disaster-assistance programs.

The center operates under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure visitors are safe. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. Visitors remain in their cars. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive documents through the window and return them.

No appointments are necessary. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

The drive-thru center is located at:

Southside Community Center                                  

403 4th St.                                                                 

Rayne, LA 70578                                                      

Additional centers are already open in Louisiana. Survivors may visit any center in Louisiana. To locate the closest center, call the FEMA Helpline, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator or download the FEMA Mobile App at fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app.

Survivors do not need to visit a drive-thru center to apply or update their application. To ask individual questions or submit information:

·         Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585

·         Visit disasterassistance.gov/

·         Download the FEMA Mobile App at fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app To find a drive-thru DRC you can text 43362 and type DRC (Your Zip Code) for example DRC 01234.

·         On an Android device, text 2637643 (ANDROID) to 43362; on an Apple device, text 27753 (APPLE) to 43362 or call 211 or text 527435837 (LASHELTER) to 898-211.

·         Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

SBA low-interest disaster loans are available for businesses of any size and certain nonpro

ujfits up to $2 million for property damage. For small businesses, those engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million for working capital needs even if there is no property damage. 

Homeowners can borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace a primary residence. For homeowners and renters, up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles, is available.

Businesses and residents can apply online at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistanceor email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. For assistance completing an SBA application, call 800-659-2955. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339 or emailFOCWAssistance@sba.gov.   

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4559 or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

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