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October 26, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Outreach teams currently providing storm-damage repair and rebuilding advice in Lancaster and Snyder Counties will continue doing so for another week. Originally scheduled through Monday, October 24, the teams’ stays have been extended in response to homeowner demand for information that helps them build back safer, smarter and stronger. They will be at the following Lowe’s from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, through Monday, October 31 (The teams are not at Lowe’s stores on Tuesdays):
October 26, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- After a disaster, scam artists stay up nights thinking of ways they can defraud innocent individuals already hurting because of a storm or hurricane or other disaster. Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency say these scam artists will not succeed if Pennsylvanians who had storm losses know in advance about their tactics and demand proof of who they are and the services they are selling.  Are they who they claim to be? Ask these questions:
October 25, 2011
News Release
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With just a few weeks left to apply for disaster assistance before the deadline of Nov. 14, disaster officials would like to share the top wrongly held reasons people neglect to register for assistance. These are the top reasons:
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. -- 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 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 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:

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