HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State and federal officials are reminding Pennsylvanians that there is only one week left to register for disaster assistance. Residents living in disaster-designated counties, that experienced damages or losses due to the floods that impacted areas of the Commonwealth in late-June, may be eligible for disaster assistance.
“There is help available to recover from the floods,” said Commonwealth Coordinating Officer James R. Joseph. “Sometimes, disaster victims don’t feel like they have sustained enough damages to get assistance, but it is best to just apply anyway.”
October 3 is the last day affected residents can apply for disaster aid. There are two ways to register: call FEMA’s toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or for the hearing- and speech-impaired, TTY 1-800-462-7585. Lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Multilingual operators are available. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.
On October 3, residents can register by phone until 8 p.m. Online registration will be available until midnight.
Assistance is available for housing assistance and other disaster-related needs, such as replacing flood-damaged personal property. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are also available for homeowners, renters, and businesses. SBA loan applications must be post-marked or received by October 3.
“FEMA remains committed to helping Pennsylvanians recover from the floods,” commented Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, an applicant must complete an SBA loan application to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.