PEMA, FEMA Announce Disaster Assistance Reaches $3.2 Million

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Release date: 
May 13, 2005
Release Number: 
1587-031

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced disaster assistance approved for residents of Bradford, Bucks, Columbia, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties affected by the heavy rain and floods that occurred April 2-3, 2005, has reached $3.2 million.

Housing Assistance for homeowners and renters totals $2.8 million. Housing Assistance may include lodging expenses, repair assistance and temporary rental assistance. Other Needs Assistance reached $413,000. Other Needs Assistance may include medical, dental, and funeral expenses; furniture, clothing and certain appliances; vehicle costs; and other eligible expenses.

The number of individuals who registered for assistance was 2,416. A total of 2,257 applications were approved. Another 1,307 sought information from mitigation specialists at Home Improvement stores on how to lessen damage to their home, business or property in event of a future flood.

Residents of the disaster-designated counties have one month left to apply for assistance. The deadline is June 13, 2005.

A breakdown of applications, Housing and Other Needs Assistance by county follows:
CountyApplicationsHousing AssistanceOther Needs Assistance
Bradford85$68,895$6,293
Bucks674$1,163,520$146,798
Columbia33$14,970$0
Luzerne179$84,111$2,257
Monroe484$405,677$58,262
Northampton365$413,551$124,150
Pike214$406,464$69,219
Susquehanna19$12,736$0
Wayne149$196,798$2,931
Wyoming55$29,873$2,717
Totals as of 05/13/052,257$2,796,595$412,628

Individuals can register for assistance by calling the toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech- impaired. The toll-free numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Applications can also be made online. Applicants should be prepared to give their contact information and Social Security number, as well as provide insurance and financial information when they log on or call to register.

The last day mitigation specialists will be on site at Home Improvement stores is tod...

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May 10, 2013 - 16:25
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