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Bedford opens disaster center

Recovery facility assists residents affected by Ida

Pennsylvania/Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center for Bedford County opened Friday at the Bedford Fire Department, 248 W. Penn St., Bedford. The entrance is at the rear of the building. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The center was set up to assist residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

DRCs provide disaster survivors with information from Pennsylvania state agencies, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors will receive help applying for federal assistance, learn about types of assistance available, the appeals process and status of applications.

People may visit a disaster recovery center without registering with FEMA.

For assistance in registering, in addition to visiting a DRC, the following resources are available to help:

* Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

* Information on the registration process is available online at DisasterAssistance.gov or DisasterAssistance.gov/es for Spanish.

* Download the FEMA mobile app (also available in Spanish).

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. Centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

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