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FEMA opens local office
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The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the openings of disaster recovery centers in DeKalb, Jackson and Overton counties last week.The DeKalb County office is located in the new county office building at 724 South Congress Boulevard.The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.Sunday hours are from 1-6 p.m. The center will remain open until April 2, but victims may still register by phone or electronically after that date.The centers have been placed to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding between Feb. 29 – March 2.Representatives from the state, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain assistance programs and help survivors register for disaster aid. In an interview with the Review Monday, FEMA Public Information Officer Gene Kauffman said that people with storm losses should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), which is video relay service accessible, or should register online before visiting the recovery center.“The Smithville office will be open from 8-6, Monday through Saturday and 1-6 on Sunday until April 2,” Kauffman shared.“Registering first will speed things up at the recovery center,” he said. “We are encouraging people to call our 800 number (1-800-621-FEMA) to register in advance or to go on line and register (at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.).“They only need to go to the recovery center if they have questions to ask,” said Kauffman.Applicants using TTY can call 800-462-7585.

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