FEMA To Open Assistance Center In N.O. East

Victims of the EF-3 tornado that caused severe damage to some 300 homes in New Orleans East may seek assistance from the federal government at the public library at 5641 Read Boulevard beginning today at 1 p.m. and continuing through 6 p.m.

Starting Tuesday, representatives of FEMA, the Small Business Administration, non-profit organizations and other agencies will be there from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

It is not necessary to visit the center to register for federal disaster assistance. If possible, those who need assistance should register with FEMA before visiting the recovery center.

To register with FEMA, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, or download the FEMA mobile app. Help is available in most languages and the FEMAHelpline is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

Those affected by the tornado may be eligible to receive direct federal assistance for temporary housing, home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical expenses.

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