HARRISBURG, Pa. --, September 19, 1999 - Seven counties have been made eligible for federal disaster assistance following the effects of Hurricane Floyd, federal and state disaster recovery officials announced late this afternoon.
Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties have been approved for federal disaster programs including individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation programs.
Under the individual assistance program, residents are eligible for programs such as disaster housing assistance, low-interest loans to repair or replace-damaged property, or grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not met by other programs.
The public assistance program provides federal funds for 75 percent of approved costs of debris removal and storm-related emergency services.
The hazard mitigation program provides money to help protect homes and businesses against future damage by flood proofing, relocating or elevating buildings, and similar protective or preventative measures.
Jack Schuback, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said President Clinton signed the expedited major declaration yesterday for counties affected by the heavy rain and high winds of Hurricane Floyd.
FEMA, state and local damage assessment teams continue to survey the effects of the heavy rains and flooding throughout storm damaged counties.
Residents and business owners are urged to call the FEMA toll-free registration number at 1-800-462-9029 to apply for disaster aid. A special line for hearing or speech-impaired persons is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). The FEMA Helpline, 1-800-525-0321, is in operation to answer disaster victims' questions about assistance programs. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may call the (TTY) Helpline at 1-800-462-7585.