HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The deadline is very near for individuals who had damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee to apply for disaster assistance. The registration deadline is December 14, 2011. The deadline to submit a disaster loan application to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related losses is also December 14, 2011.
If you live, work or own a business in one of the counties designated under the disaster declarations, and you had losses because of one or both storms, you should apply. The designated counties are Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming and York.
"Delaying the call to FEMA or the SBA may mean you don't receive a grant or loan that could make the difference in how quickly you get back to normal," said Commonwealth Coordinating Officer John Forr. "You not only help yourself, but you're in a better position to help stabilize your community."
FEMA's 800 number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Operators take calls seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. 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.
For information about the SBA disaster loan, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955, between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday or file an application online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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.