Philadelphia, PA -- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Bucks and Montgomery counties have been a great resource for those who suffered damage in the Tropical Storm Allison flooding disaster that occurred June 15 thru 17, 2001.
The DRCs, which have provided personal assistance and information to more than 500 applicants, will have different hours this week. The DRCs will be open from 10am to 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but only 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. The DRCs will be closed on Sunday.
Flood victims can get personal help at the following DRC locations - Appointments Are Not Necessary:
|Old "Home Place" Store
Center Square Shopping Center
Street (RT. 132) and Norristown Roads
Warminster, Pennsylvania 18974
Upper Moreland Middle School|
4000 Orangemans Road
Upper Moreland Township
Hatboro, Pennsylvania 19040
The DRCs provide disaster victims with direct access to local, state, and federal specialists. The following Pennsylvania Departments/Agencies are on-hand to assist flood victims: PENNDOT-Replaces driver's licenses, titles, and registrations if those documents were destroyed by the disaster.
PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION-Free legal services including advice, counseling and representation. This association will waive the initial consultation fee for victims living in a FEMA disaster area and if the legal problem is related to the disaster. (Supported by lawyers on a volunteer basis in the affected areas)
ATTORNEY GENERAL-Assistance on protection of consumers concerning price gouging, non-availability of products and services needed for reconstruction, and disreputable business concerns and practices.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE-County Mental Health Offices will provide mental health crisis counseling services at the DRC. DPW will also be available to answer questions about food stamps and the Individual and Family Grant Programs.
HEALTH-Provides guidance to applicants with regards to decontamination or disposal of contaminated food and drugs, purification of wells, and necessity for tetanus and hepatitis B vaccinations. Assists with replacement of birth and death certificates.
LABOR AND INDUSTRY-Information regarding Disaster Unemployment Assistance to those applicants who lose their employment because of the disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment.
AGING-Assists elderly victims with their needs and protects their interests. Assists with replacement of prescription cards (PACE and/PACENET).
AGRICULTURE/USDA-Emergency loans to farmers, dog licenses, food establishment licenses and inspection.
INSURANCE-Assistance and counseling regarding ways to obtain copies of lost policies, file claims, expedite settlements, and other insurance issues.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION-Issues special permits and handles air/water quality/waste issues. Issues well-water test kits. Assists with hazardous material household chemical debris and well testing.
PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION-Utility problems.
REVENUE-Tax issues and provides tax forms.
Teleregistration is essential to qualify for assistance, but is not required to visit a DRC. The staff can help with that as well.
Applicants can call the FEMA toll-free number, 1-800-462-9029, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, to register.