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Disaster Recovery Center now open in Bossier Parish

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FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open to assist individuals who have suffered damage from the floods that hit the Bossier Parish area last week.

The Center is located at the Bossier City Public Safety Training Center, 5850 Shed Rd.

After a soft opening Friday, March 18 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., representatives will be available to assist flood victims Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. The DRC will be closed Easter Sunday, March 27.

Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, voluntary groups and local agencies are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.

To register, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.

For information call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov/disaster/4263.