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BECKLEY (WVVA) - FEMA is now in southern West Virginia helping people assess the damage caused by severe storms in June.

Disaster Recovery Centers in Raleigh, Fayette, Kanawha and Nicholas counties will open tomorrow.

Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide recovery information.

Assisted technology is available at all DRCs for survivors who may need help accessing materials. Some examples are lighted magnifying glasses, and amplified listening devices and phones.  Upon request an on-site American sign language interpreter will be provided or an interpreter through Video Remote Interpretation. Video Relay Service is provided for people who are deaf. Materials are also available in Braille and large print.

Before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA. Registration is available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Operators speak many languages. Disaster applicants who use TTY should call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

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