Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1289)

Incident period: August 20, 1999 to August 21, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 1, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 26, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- If you're among thousands of Pennsylvanians putting lives and property back in order because of flooding, you may have questions about the help available to you under three disaster declarations made by President Clinton last month.
October 25, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Juniata or McKean County residents who suffered losses as a result of severe weather and flooding Aug. 20 and 21 have only one more week to apply for state and federal disaster aid. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1. "We've had more than 900 applicants from these counties requesting help," said Jack Schuback, federal coordinating officer for the Pennsylvania disaster-recovery effort. "However, there may be people who need help and have not applied. We would like to reach every eligible disaster victim."
October 20, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal disaster officials are urging Pennsylvania property owners to do whatever is necessary to make their homes and businesses safe and habitable right now, and not to wait for buyouts from the government. "Buying up property through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) can be a long process," says Jack Schuback, the federal disaster coordinator in Pennsylvania. "Funding for this program is limited, and unfortunately, not everyone who wants a buyout will get one."
October 18, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Federal and state emergency agencies have approved more than $16 million in disaster aid for residents of the 15 Pennsylvania counties that have been declared federal disaster areas for severe storms and flooding since Sept. 1. On Sept.1, President Clinton declared McKean County a disaster area for severe storms and floods which took place on Aug. 20 and 21. Juniata County was added on Sept. 17.
October 12, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- In the aftermath of late-summer flooding, state and federal officials are reminding homeowners that flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). "Flooding is the leading cause of property loss from natural disasters in this country," said Jack Schuback, federal coordinating officer for the ongoing disaster-recovery effort in Pennsylvania. "Without the proper insurance, floods can be not only emotionally devastating, but also financially devastating."
October 7, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians applying for disaster assistance in 14 commonwealth counties declared major disaster areas have a toll-free number to call for help. If you're among the thousands who already have registered for disaster assistance, you can call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline - 1-800-525-0321 - between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

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