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
October 8, 2004
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal recovery officials are advising residents who have disaster-related damage to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. “In disaster situations, scam artists are often ready to take advantage of the misfortunes of others,” warns Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies. The Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau offer the following suggestions for flood victims to consider before hiring a contractor:
October 7, 2004
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Following the flooding from September tropical storms, federal, state and local officials continue to help citizens in need of disaster assistance. The following is the latest information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) about the ongoing response and recovery efforts:
October 6, 2004
HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Federal and state disaster officials remind Pennsylvanians of two deadlines for filing Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claims. Persons living or working in disaster-designated counties who cannot continue their businesses because of devastation caused by tropical depressions Frances and Ivan may be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits. If benefits are awarded, it can mean up to 26 weeks of assistance.
October 6, 2004
HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Pennsylvania residents who have applied for disaster assistance and received loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are encouraged to complete and return them to SBA as soon as possible. Many who register for assistance will receive an SBA loan application in the mail after registering. The completion of the application is a required step in obtaining disaster assistance.
October 5, 2004
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal officials announce the opening of a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Mifflin County to assist individuals and business owners who suffered losses and damages from tropical depressions Frances and Ivan. The Disaster Recovery Center will be at the following location: MIFFLIN County Pennsylvania State Fire Academy 1150 Riverside Drive Lewistown
October 3, 2004
HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Pennsylvania residents who have registered by phone with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can visit any one of nine Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) that are now open throughout the state. “When you register for assistance, it’s important to note that applicants do not have to go to a Disaster Recovery Center in their county,” said David M. Sanko, state coordinating officer. “They can visit any DRC that is convenient for them.”