HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania residents do not need to face the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee alone; disaster assistance is just a phone call away.
The only way to know if you are eligible for disaster assistance is to register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. You can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smart phone or tablet at m.fema.gov. If you have a disability and need help registering, please don't hesitate to contact FEMA to ask for help.
Federal programs available include grants for temporary housing, grants to cover repairs to make a home safe, and other aid programs including disaster unemployment assistance for self-employed individuals. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations.
The deadline to apply for disaster assistance connected to these two storms is Nov. 14, 2011.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.