HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians who had losses because of Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee have just two weeks left 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.
Anyone who lives works or owns a business in one of the counties designated under the disaster declarations, and had losses because of one or both storms, should apply without delay. The designated counties are Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming and York.
"We are encouraging Pennsylvanians who experienced damage because of Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee to take advantage of the help FEMA offers," said Federal Coordinating Officer Thomas J. McCool. "They should not wait for an insurance settlement; they need to apply before it's too late. Insurance may not pay for some losses."
FEMA's toll free 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. It's also easy to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smart phone or tablet at m.fema.gov. For those who have a disability and need help registering, contact FEMA to ask for help.
For information about the SBA disaster loan, call their 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.