A facility will be located for those who qualify for assistance due to Hurricane Isaac at the Franklin Recreation Center on Gum Street. It is slated to open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Applicants should utilize the following schedule to apply, based on the first letter of their last names:
—Saturday, Sept. 15: A, B, C
—Sunday, Sept. 16: D, E, F, G
—Monday, Sept. 17: H, I, J, K, L
—Tuesday, Sept. 18: A – Z (Anybody)
—Wednesday, Sept. 19: A –Z (Anybody)
—Thursday, Sept. 20: M, N, O, P, Q, R
—Friday, Sept. 21: S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
St. Mary Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness announced Thursday morning that a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center would be located at the Morgan City Auditorium and a food stamp registration center at the Amelia Community Center only.
In the notice it was stated by OEP Director Duval Arthur that the centers were located “based on the amount of damage reported to FEMA… 78 percent of the St. Mary damage occurred to the east and 22 percent occurred on the west end.”
State Rep. Sam Jones (D-Franklin) responded to that announcement by saying in a later correspondence, “To not have at least two days available in Franklin or Baldwin is unacceptable. Senator (Brett) Allain (R-Adeline) and I have registered our objection to Suzy Sonnier,” secretary of the Department of Child and Family Services.
Jones said that some 10,000 residents from Centerville west past Baldwin were without power for up to three days.
“Losses of food in the refrigerators and other small but important losses occurred in this area as well,” Jones said. “We have asked that at least two days be made available for this purpose. I have been told that the original location was only Amelia. Now Morgan City has been added.
“I have been also told that the (DCFS) people are acting on the parish’s recommendation.”
Jones questioned that recommendation Thursday, noting that disaster centers have always been located on each end of the parish.
“If this is how it is done, it will be over my objection and classified as a failure to understand that the whole parish had some losses,” Jones said.