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R.I. Disaster Recovery Centers Offer New Services

From Jamestown Press, 12/6/2012

FEMA centers equipped for hearing impaired The Federal Emergency Management Agency and R.I. Department of Labor and Training have added new services to the disaster recovery centers to help Rhode Islanders affected by Hurricane Sandy. These include American Sign Language interpreters and specialists who can help with unemployment insurance.

The recovery centers are located at the Middletown Police Station and the Misquamicut Fire Station in Westerly. They are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Representatives to help with victims who are deaf or hard of hearing will arrive at the centers each day at 10 a.m.

To assist with claims for unemployment insurance from anyone who lost work as a result of the disaster, specialists from the state labor department will be at the center in Westerly from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. A claim can also be made by filing online at

Rhode Islanders who lost income because of Hurricane Sandy, but are not eligible for the state’s regular unemployment benefits program, may qualify for disaster unemployment insurance if they reside in Newport or Washington counties.

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