HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) continue to provide assistance and work towards recovery for the counties affected by the storms and floods that impacted the commonwealth in late June. Over the past two months, more than $50 million in disaster assistance has been disbursed to homeowners, renters, businesses, and local government entities and institutions.
22 counties have been designated to receive Individual Assistance (IA). IA designation allows for federal funds to aid disaster-affected households in the form of grants and loans. Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties have been designated. The IA registration deadline is October 3, 2006.
25 counties have been approved for Public Assistance (PA) funds. The program provides assistance for work including debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the restoration of infrastructure to pre-disaster conditions. Adams, Armstrong, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Franklin, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming counties are eligible for the program.
4,264 Pennsylvania residents have sought information at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout the affected areas. All DRCs are closed, but residents can still call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to ask questions about disaster assistance and to receive updates.
More than $55,676 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been approved for 173 eligible applicants. Although the deadlines to apply for DUA have passed, information is available by visiting or calling your county’s Pennsylvania CareerLink Office.
FEMA has completed 9,857 housing inspections. Inspectors record all disaster-related structural damages to homes and document damages to personal property.
11,637 Pennsylvanians have registered for disaster assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362);
TTY 1-800-462-7585. The registration deadline is October 3, 2006.
FEMA has approved a $228,273 Crisis Counseling grant for Chester, Columbia, Franklin, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Luzerne, Wyoming, Schuylkill, and Wayne counties. Flood victims living in these counties can call their county mental health office or hotline for assistance. Crisis Counseling helps disaster victims recognize normal stress reactions and emotions caused or aggravated by a disaster, and regain control over themselves and their environment.
More than $2.7 million in federal dollars has been obligated for Public Assistance (PA) projects. FEMA awards grants to assist state and local governments and certain private non-profit entities with their response to and recovery from the disaster. FEMA pays seventy-five percent of the costs of PA projects while the commonwealth has committed to pay the non-federal share, which is the remaining twenty-five percent.
FEMA has provided more than $17.6 million directly to Pennsylvania flood victims for housing and other needs assistance through the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).
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