PEMA, FEMA Announce Disaster Assistance Tops $3.4 Million

Main Content
Release date: 
May 27, 2005
Release Number: 
1587-035

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 Apr. 2-3, 2005, has topped $3.4 million.

Housing Assistance for homeowners and renters totals $2.95 million. Housing Assistance may include lodging expenses, repair assistance and temporary rental assistance. Other Needs Assistance reached $461,222. Other Needs Assistance may include medical, dental, and funeral expenses; furniture, clothing and certain appliances; vehicle costs; and other eligible expenses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved $560,100 in low interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners.

The number of individuals who registered for assistance was 2,549. A total of 1,421 applications were approved. Another 1,334 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 less than 20 days left to apply for assistance. The deadline is Jun. 13, 2005.

A breakdown of applications, Housing and Other Needs Assistance by county follows:
CountyApplicationsHousing AssistanceOther Needs Assistance
Bradford86$75,662$6,435
Bucks691$1,197,060$177,651
Columbia39$23,006$0
Luzerne192$93,747$2,923
Monroe504$414,289$72,260
Northampton376$432,513$125,321
Pike242$439,669$70,735
Susquehanna27$20,857$142
Wayne165$221,037$2,931
Wyoming59$30,821$2,859
Totals as of 05/19/052,381$2,948,662$461,222

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 at www.fema.gov/about/process. 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.

Pennsylvania Disaster News Releases are available on the web at www.fema.gov/news/eventnews.fema?id=4365, or www.pema.state.pa.us/paflooding.

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 F...

Last Updated: 
May 10, 2013 - 16:22
State/Tribal Government or Region: 
Back to Top