Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding associated with Tropical Depression Frances (DR-1555)

Incident period: September 8, 2004 to September 9, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 19, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 6, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Individuals in the process of repairing their flood-damaged homes and businesses can get additional help from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation experts where they shop for materials. The focus is on steps people can take to prevent future damage from flooding. Projects can include elevating a hot-water heater or furnace, anchoring a fuel tank, doing landscape stabilization, and installing an interior or exterior foundation drainage system.
November 6, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal officials announced today that the joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Center in Carnegie to assist residents affected by the tropical storms of September will change its hours beginning Monday, Nov. 8. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice. It is located in Allegheny County at: Carnegie Office Park, Building 1 600 N. Bell Ave., #146 Carnegie, PA
November 5, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Registration and Helpline hours of operation have changed to 6 a.m. to midnight (Eastern Standard Time), seven days a week, effective Sunday, Nov. 7.
November 4, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal financial assistance to help individuals, families and businesses recover from the September tropical storms now exceeds $54 million. Of that figure, more than $38.7 million has been approved for Housing Assistance grants, and over $15.4 million have been approved for Other Needs Assistance grants to help with disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or met by charitable organizations. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received applications for aid from 29,147 Pennsylvanians.
November 2, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Children are particularly vulnerable to emotional stress after a disaster like the flooding that Pennsylvania residents experienced in September. They may suffer symptoms such as excessive fear of the dark, crying, fear of being alone and constant worry. According to experts, parents or guardians should reassure children they are safe; encourage them to talk about their fears; emphasize they are not responsible for what happened; and hold and hug them frequently.
October 29, 2004
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal officials announce the opening Friday, Nov. 5, of a roving Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Cameron County to assist individuals and business owners who suffered losses and damages from September tropical storms. The Disaster Recovery Center will be at the following location: Cameron County Down County Baptist Church 7730 Bridge St. Driftwood

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