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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 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 14, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- If Labor Day flooding from Tropical Depression Dennis put you out of work, you may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Self-employed and unemployed workers in Dauphin, Lycoming, Northumberland, Synder and Union counties who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs can apply for this federally funded assistance available under the major disaster declaration by President Clinton.
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 8, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- If you received a disaster-loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), federal and state officials urge you to return your completed forms, even if you do not want a loan. "Completing the SBA loan application does not obligate the applicant to a loan. It is a required step, however, in determining if you are eligible for other types of disaster assistance," said Bob Churchman, acting director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and state coordinating officer for the disaster-recovery effort.
October 7, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Disaster recovery teams are in the field inspecting homes and businesses damaged in the flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd, according to state and federal emergency management officials. "Individuals who have applied for disaster assistance can expect to hear from several different inspectors within the coming weeks," said Jack Schuback, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official coordinating the disaster-recovery effort.
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.
October 4, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Swatara Township to provide information and assistance to victims of heavy rain and flooding caused by Tropical Depression Dennis. Dauphin County residents became eligible for disaster assistance on Sept. 27 when the county was added to President Clinton's Sept. 22 declaration covering Lycoming, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. The DRC at the Swatara Township Municipal Building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd., will be open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9.
October 4, 1999
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- As cleanup continues in the aftermath of flooding, state and federal officials urge disaster victims to take protective measures to prevent the damage from happening again. "It's safer, cheaper, and ultimately much easier to limit future destruction than repair or replace your possessions after disaster strikes," said Jack Schuback, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official coordinating the disaster-recovery effort in Pennsylvania. FEMA calls such actions "hazard mitigation."

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