The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) announced federal aid is available to individuals who suffered damage caused by Hurricane Irene from August 26 -30, 2011. The disaster declaration for Individual Assistance was issued on September 13, 2011.
If you live or work in any of the following counties you may apply for assistance: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Sullivan and Wyoming. Additional counties may be designated at a later date. Here's how to apply:
1) Gather the information you will need before you contact FEMA;
- Name and Social Security number
- Address of the damaged property
- Current address and telephone number where you can be reached
- Insurance information
- otal household annual income
- A bank routing and account number for direct deposit
2) Write down a description of your losses caused by the disaster.
3) Register for assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov; the screens will prompt you through the registration process. You can also apply by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Operators will assist you seven days a week between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
4) If you are an applicant with disabilities requiring a housing unit that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) make your situation known at the beginning of the registration process.
5) If you have insurance coverage for your home take photos of the damage and call your insurance company. Your insurance settlement may or may not fully cover your disaster losses.
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the opening of seven Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to help residents and business owners with their recovery from the recent storms and flooding.
Centers are operating in the following locations:
Wyoming County Tunkhannock Area Administration 41 Philadelphia Avenue Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Bradford County Towanda Fire Department 101 Elm St., Towanda PA 18848
Luzerne County Community College 1334 South Prospect Street Nanticoke, PA 18634
Dauphin County Harrisburg East Mall 3501 Paxton Street Harrisburg, PA 17111
Lycoming County 740 Fairfield Road Montoursville, PA 17754
Columbia County Agricultural Center 702 Sawmill Road Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Sullivan County at Loyal sock State Forest District Office 6735 RT. 220 La Porte, PA 18626
Disaster Recovery Centers to Open In Seven Locations, Page 2
Opening: Wednesday, September 14, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and starting on Thursday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Disaster officials recommend that you register before visiting a DRC so if you have any questions about the application process they can be answered fact to face. You may visit any DRC regardless of where you live or work. Register for assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov; the screens will prompt you through the registration process.
You can also apply by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Operators will assist you seven days a week between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.