HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians who suffered losses because of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have been approved for more than $229 million in disaster relief, announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
Commonwealth Coordinating Officer John Forr said, "The figures show how extensive the damage to homes and businesses in Pennsylvania has been. We are continuing to encourage anyone who had disaster losses to register with FEMA and/or with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)."
November 14 is the deadline to register with FEMA and the SBA.
"The fact that FEMA is able to offer this amount of aid does not affect our desire to get every eligible individual registered for help," said Federal Coordinating Officer Thomas J. McCool. "We still have staff reminding people the deadline to apply is coming up fast and they should register for assistance."
Here is a breakdown of disaster aid as of 10/31/11:
- $119.8 Million Individual Assistance grant approved;
- $110.4 million in housing assistance including temporary housing, home repairs, and personal property losses,
- $9.4 million in dental, medical, and funeral costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
- $50.4 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- $58.8 million in insurance claims settled by the National Flood Insurance Program.
- 88,639 persons registered with FEMA for disaster assistance.
- 24,597 persons visited Disaster Recovery Centers in affected areas across Pennsylvania.
- 76,948 inspections of damaged properties completed.
- To register for disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. For those using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 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, don't hesitate to contact FEMA to ask for help.
For information about the status of applications already filed, call the 800 number above or visit a Disaster Recovery Center. You can locate a center near you online at fema.gov/drclocator. Applications are also taken at DRCs.
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.