HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The deadline to apply for disaster aid for the April 2-3 rain and floods is fast approaching. Residents in disaster-designated counties have one month left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible federal disaster assistance. June 13 is the deadline to register for assistance.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) joins FEMA in urging residents and business owners with disaster-related damage that occurred to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number for those with speech or hearing impairment is (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The registration deadline for disaster assistance applies to the following counties: Bradford, Bucks, Columbia, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reminds those who received loan applications in the mail to complete and return them as soon as possible whether or not they are interested in a loan. Completing the SBA application makes it possible to determine which aid programs residents may be eligible for.
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, 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.