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|Disaster Recovery Center in Vidalia will close Saturday|
A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened in Vidalia recently by the Federal Emergency Management Agent (FEMA) will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, according to Concordia Homeland Security Director Morris White.
The center will be closed Thanksgiving day.
White said all claims relating to Hurricanes Gustav or Ike must be filed by that time to be eligible.
FEMA employees said the turnout at the Vidalia DRC has been in the medium range.
Some Louisiana residents who have registered for disaster assistance have received a letter from FEMA stating their application was denied. This may not be the last word, officials say.
If you receive this letter, follow up with FEMA to discuss any issue that may have deemed you ineligible for help. Applicants can visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to meet with a FEMA representative face to face or call FEMA at 1-888-294-2822.
"We ask applicants to help us help them. If they have a denial letter, they need to read them carefully and contact FEMA for further information about the reasons that led to the denial letter," said Jim Stark, director of the FEMA Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office. "However, many applicants are not doing so, and as a result, they are not completing the paperwork required to be considered for some of our grants."
There are a number of reasons why an applicant may receive a denial letter. The applicant may need to:
-- Return additional insurance information;
-- Provide information to prove occupancy or ownership of the damaged property;
-- Fill out all the paperwork; or
-- Complete and return the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application.
FEMA community relations specialists are reaching out to residents in Louisiana hurricane-affected neighborhoods to urge them to submit the requested documentation if they have received denial letters. The specialists are also providing information on the federal disaster assistance available.
In addition, applicants can visit a DRC to get answers to questions about registration for disaster assistance and hazard mitigation, help with disaster loan applications and information and contacts for other programs. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also on hand to meet individually with each applicant to provide assistance in completing his or her disaster loan application and to accept completed disaster loan applications. Returning the application is an essential part of the disaster recovery process even for individuals who do not want a loan.
For more information, call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585, or log on to www.fema.gov.
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