HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Disaster recovery teams are in the field inspecting homes and businesses damaged in the flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd, according to state and federal emergency management officials.
"Individuals who have applied for disaster assistance can expect to hear from several different inspectors within the coming weeks," said Jack Schuback, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official coordinating the disaster-recovery effort.
"Federal inspectors will schedule appointments to look at damaged property with applicants who have registered through FEMA's toll-free registration line," Schuback said. "These inspectors do not charge any fees."
"Applicants should always ask to see identification from those who say they are damage inspectors," said Bob Churchman, acting director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. "All official inspectors carry photo identification."
Local building officials may come to see if damaged structures are safe to occupy. The U.S. Small Business Administration will send loss verifiers to inspect damaged property of those who have submitted disaster loan applications. Sometimes the American Red Cross will send representatives to meet with disaster victims.
Residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties are eligible for disaster assistance under President Clinton's Sept. 18 declaration.
Individuals and business owners can begin the application process by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line - 1-800-462-9029 - between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. The number for persons who are hearing- or speech-impaired is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).