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March 22, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Community Disaster Loan (CDL) program is helping three hard-hit Pennsylvania municipalities deal with the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The CDL program is providing direct loans to local governments that have suffered a substantial loss of tax and other revenues as the result of Irene and Lee. Athens Borough, Middletown Borough, and Shickshinny Borough are participating in the short-term, low-interest loan program.
March 6, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Six months after Irene and Lee devastated portions of eastern Pennsylvania, disaster assistance to support the ongoing recovery topped one-half billion dollars, announced officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. “These back-to-back storms prompted a massive response,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Thomas J. McCool. “Looking back, the numbers tell the story.” Among the statistics to date:
February 29, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Property owners rebuilding or making repairs to their flood-damage properties have access to a number of resources - including financial -- that can help them reduce, or prevent, future disaster loss. In some areas, property owners will be required by local ordinance to meet certain requirements when making repairs or rebuilding. To help cover the costs of meeting those requirements, the National Flood Insurance Program includes Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage for all new and renewed standard flood insurance policies.
February 24, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The floodwaters may have receded months ago, but mold and mildew - dormant during the winter months -- may reappear in water-damaged homes as the weather warms. Mold only grows in warm, wet conditions and may have been inactive and unnoticed during the winter months. It can lurk throughout a home, from the attic to the basement and crawl spaces.
February 17, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Of the more than $200 million the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected to reimburse the commonwealth for infrastructure damage from Irene and Lee, more than $30 million of that will be used to rebuild infrastructure to a higher standard. The work is known as mitigation - an effort to break the cycle of damage and repair and reduce repetitive losses.
February 10, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Federal assistance may be available to help Pennsylvania communities rebuild infrastructure to higher, more disaster-resistant standards and commonwealth officials are encouraging local governments to take advantage of that funding. The assistance to communities is part of the aid that became available following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
February 6, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- When disaster strikes, the first response is to ensure personal and family safety, and then address the loss of property and possessions. There is a federal disaster program - Individual Assistance (IA) - that responds to these urgent needs of individuals and business owners. Now, another essential element of disaster response is supporting the recovery efforts that help rebuild important community assets: Public Assistance (PA).
January 31, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than one-half billion dollars in federal assistance to date is supporting the commonwealth's recovery from Irene and Lee, announced officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. As of Jan. 29, disaster assistance included:
December 20, 2011
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians were approved for $420 million in disaster aid, but that figure will increase as pending applications continue to be processed, according to officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). As of December 16, the breakdown of disaster aid reported for Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee included:
December 16, 2011
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and National Crisis Counseling Toll-Free Lines Established for Disaster Survivors
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Project Keystone, a federally funded crisis counseling program for survivors of Tropical Storm Lee, has initiated a toll-free-phone number for individuals emotionally affected by the disaster. The number is 1-855-789-7890. Project Keystone counseling services are available to residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who live in Bradford, Columbia, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, and Wyoming Counties.