HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Close to $312 million in funding is approved for Pennsylvanians struck by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). The total to date includes $69.2 million in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans and $115 million in National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims settled.
"We are very pleased to have these funds going to so many Pennsylvanians who are continuing to recover from these devastating storms," said Federal Coordinating Officer Thomas J. McCool. "It makes a difference in how quickly people get their lives back to normal."
FEMA/Commonwealth grants to eligible applicants under the Individuals and Households Program may include temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs such as medical, dental and funeral costs. Low interest disaster loans may also be available through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Here is a summary of disaster assistance at close of business, November 21, 2011:
- $127.6 Million Individual Assistance grants approved;
- $117 million in housing assistance including temporary housing, home repairs, and personal property losses,
- $10.6 million in dental, medical, and funeral costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
- $69.2 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the SBA.
- $115 million in insurance claims settled by the NFIP.
- 92,240 persons registered with FEMA for disaster assistance.
- 27,437 persons visited Disaster Recovery Centers in affected areas across Pennsylvania.
- 81,196 inspections of damaged properties completed.
The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is December 14, 2011.
To register for 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, call FEMA.
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