Pennsylvania Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1485)
Incident period: July 21, 2003 to September 12, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 23, 2003
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
October 17, 2003
Harrisburg, PA -- Information on the status of disaster assistance for those who have already applied for federal and state aid is just a phone call away. Homeowners and renters with damage from the Labor Day week storms are reminded that they can call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Helpline to update their application or get more information on available assistance.
October 17, 2003
Harrisburg, PA -- As the people of Lackawanna County start to rebuild their homes and businesses damaged by the Labor Day week storms, disaster officials emphasize the importance of keeping receipts of material bought or work paid for to restore their homes and businesses.
October 16, 2003
Harrisburg, PA -- Operating hours have changed for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration and helpline numbers. Effective today, the registration and helpline will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, disaster recovery officials said.
October 10, 2003
Harrisburg, PA -- Disaster aid is flowing to individuals, businesses and state and local governments affected by the storms that moved through Pennsylvania this summer, including Labor Day week rains and flooding in three northeastern counties. A total of $1.3 million has been approved to date, much of it for Lackawanna County individuals and families.
October 8, 2003
Harrisburg, PA -- Residents and business owners with losses or damage as a result of the Labor Day week storms in Lackawanna County have only two more days to visit the FEMA/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Mayfield, officials announced. The center will close permanently on Thursday, Oct. 9 The DRC, located in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Center (the old Vo-Tec building) at 1300 Old Plank Road in Mayfield, will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 9.
September 30, 2003
Harrisburg, PA - Verification inspectors are now in Lackawanna County visiting people who have applied for disaster assistance, according to state and federal disaster officials. Once residents are registered, an inspector will be assigned to contact the homeowner or renter and schedule a mandatory inspection of the damaged property. Inspectors are specially trained contractors working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They carry special photo identification badges.