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October 24, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- If there is one message that commonwealth and federal officials would like to share with the Pennsylvania residents recovering from the Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee disasters, it is fill out and return your U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) application -- don't throw it away!
October 24, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The losses following Pennsylvania's storms and flooding last month may be magnified for the elderly. Seniors previously living on their own may be dependent on others for food, shelter and the necessities of daily living. Those used to assisted living may face upheaval in their normal routines or a change in their usual caregivers. Additionally, the stress of the disaster itself can cause significant challenges. Symptoms of stress unique to the elderly include:
October 22, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians who registered with the American Red Cross or other organizations for disaster aid must also register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to apply for Federal and Commonwealth disaster aid, disaster recovery officials said today.
October 22, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Many Pennsylvanians who suffered losses during Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee have already notified their insurance companies. Those same insured homeowners and renters can, and should, register for FEMA disaster assistance too.
October 21, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Those affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee who are not U.S. citizens  but are in the United States legally -- can apply for state and federal disaster assistance. Individuals issued a legal permanent resident card -- commonly referred to as "a green card" -- may apply for assistance if they have disaster-related losses. Other noncitizens who can register with FEMA include those with legal resident status because of asylum, refugee status, parole status, suspension of deportation status or status as victims of domestic violence.
October 21, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The initial trauma from Pennsylvania's two late-summer disasters - Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee - has passed, but the psychological effects can linger.  Stress caused by loss or a traumatic experience can sneak up on people and influence behavior and emotions. The elderly and children are particularly vulnerable to stress after a disaster and may require special considerations.
October 20, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Specialists are on hand at Lowe’s home improvement stores in Carlisle, Lancaster, Palmyra, Selinsgrove and York today through Monday to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from future disasters.  They also are there to answer questions about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. Rebuilding or repairing a home after a disaster can be a daunting task – but, with the right information, homeowners can build back safer, smarter and stronger.
October 20, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Heavy rains and flooding can occur anytime. Officials recommend that Pennsylvania residents prepare now for the next storm or flood. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), some simple actions can be taken to lower your chances of flood property losses and to make sure your family is safe. Creating and Keeping Records Safe Create a file with your personal information in it. Keep the information in a safe deposit box or in a waterproof container in your home. The file should contain:
October 19, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) plays a key role along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in helping individuals recover from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. In just one month after the storms devastated Pennsylvania, the NFIP paid $34 million in insurance claims for disaster losses. The NFIP does not wait for a full estimate of damages to begin to settle claims according to Rich Sobota, the NFIP representative in Pennsylvania.
October 19, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The recent storms and flooding that have devastated many parts of Pennsylvania serve as a stark reminder of how important it is to be prepared when it comes to bad weather. One of the essential preparedness items you should have is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio. A NOAA Weather Radio can help you monitor dangerous storms: it transmits alerts of severe weather and dangerous conditions before they arrive.

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