HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Disaster recovery grants and disaster loans totaling more than $111.4 million have been approved for Pennsylvania individuals and business owners who suffered losses as a result of flooding from Tropical Storms Ivan and Frances in September, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
As of Dec. 20:
- 39,943 Pennsylvanians have registered for assistance
- More than $77.4 million has been approved for Individual and Household grants
- Over $34 million has been approved for loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA)
Residents and business owners in the 58 counties who registered for assistance as a result of the September tropical storms can call FEMA’s toll free Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) to check on the status of their applications. The Helpline operates from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Beginning Dec. 26 the line will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and effectively manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.