HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians who suffered losses because of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have been approved for well over a quarter billion dollars in disaster relief, announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The amount approved is $276 million in aid to the residents and business owners in the Commonwealth – and the figure will continue to climb with the deadline extended to give more individuals a chance to apply.
The deadline to register for assistance has been extended to December 14, 2011.
“It’s a big number,” said Commonwealth Coordinating Officer John Forr. “What it shows is how extensive the storm damage was to homes and businesses in Pennsylvania. We are continuing to encourage anyone who had disaster losses to register to find out if they will be approved for a grant or for a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan, if they need to borrow.”
Here is a breakdown of disaster aid as of 11/13/11:
- $125.5 million in Individual Assistance grants approved;
- $115.3 million in housing assistance, including temporary housing and home repairs.
- $10.2 million in assistance for personal property, dental, medical and funeral costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
- $61.5 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- $89 million in insurance claims settled by the National Flood Insurance Program.
- 91,336 persons registered with FEMA for disaster assistance.
- 26,598 persons visited Disaster Recovery Centers.
- 80,328 inspections of damaged properties completed.
“The fact FEMA is able to offer this amount of aid to thousands of people who were affected, does not lower our desire to get every eligible individual registered for help,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Thomas J. McCool. “We use every opportunity to tell people the deadline to apply can creep up very fast and they should register before it’s too late.”
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. Multilingual operators answer calls 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.
For information about the status of applications already filed, call the 800 number or find a DRC near your home or business online at www.fema.gov/drclocator.
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. If you have a disability and need help registering, please don’t hesitate to contact FEMA to ask for help.
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.