HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians now have an additional 30 days to register for disaster aid.
At the request of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the registration deadline for anyone who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee to December 14.
“We've extended the registration deadline because the number of new registrations remains high and we want to ensure that everyone who needs to register and has not yet done so has the opportunity to register for assistance,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Thomas J. McCool. “Our goal is to ensure that all eligible Irene and Lee survivors have ample time to seek disaster aid.”
Disaster assistance to individuals could include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are also available for homeowners, renters and business owners to repair or replace real or personal property.
Four ways to register with FEMA are:
- Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Operators assist callers seven days a week from 7 a.m. to
10 p.m. Help is available in most languages. If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585.
- Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Register using a tablet or smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.
- If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
If you have a disability and need help registering, contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 and ask for assistance.
Information to have ready when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of members of the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 1-800-462-7585.
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.