Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1587)
Incident period: April 2, 2005 to April 23, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 14, 2005
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
May 6, 2005
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced disaster assistance approved for residents of Bradford, Bucks, Columbia, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties affected by the heavy rain and floods that occurred from April 2-23, 2005, is close to $3 million.
May 5, 2005
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials remind residents who suffered damage as a result of the April rain and flooding that the FEMA Helpline continues to be available after Disaster Recovery Centers close. Residents who have questions about their application or who want to update the application information should call the FEMA Helpline number, 1-800-621-3362 or, TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. The Helpline representatives will be able to assist applicants.
May 4, 2005
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Checks issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to residents approved for disaster assistance are a great source of relief and comfort. However, individuals receiving state and federal funds should be careful to use them wisely. “We have a responsibility to assist individuals who suffered damages from the storms that began April 2,” said Tom Davies, federal coordinating officer. “At the same time, we must caution that these monies can only be used for the intended purposes.” Residents are issued funds for the needs listed below:
May 3, 2005
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania residents who have registered for disaster assistance and received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are encouraged to complete and return it to the SBA as soon as possible. Many who register for assistance with FEMA will receive an SBA loan application in the mail after registering. Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are the federal government’s primary form of long-term recovery financing and completion of the application is a required step in obtaining disaster assistance.
May 2, 2005
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal officials announced a "roving" mitigation specialist will visit several building supply stores to explain mitigation techniques that can lessen damage to homes, businesses and property in the event of future flooding. In addition, specialists working in teams will spend several days at Home Depot, Lowes and Dirlam Brothers Lumber Co stores. The mitigation outreach began at Home Depot stores in April.
May 2, 2005
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal officials today announced the opening of a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Luzerne County to assist those who suffered losses and damages from heavy rain and flooding beginning April 2, 2005. The DRC will be at the following location: Luzerne County Emergency Operations Center 185 Water Street Wilkes-Barre