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More Than $348 Million in Disaster Assistance to Pennsylvanians -- and Disaster Aid is Growing

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December 2, 2011
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians who had damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have been  approved for $348.6 million in disaster aid to individuals, announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The total to date includes the Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims settled, and Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

“These funds are so important for the revival of our communities,” said Commonwealth Coordinating Officer John Forr. “Very few areas of Pennsylvania escaped the terrible effects of the storms, but the grants to families and businesses and the insurance settlements will go a long way toward our overall recovery.”

The following is a summary of disaster assistance as of December 1, 2011:

  • $130.6 Million Individual Assistance grants approved;
    • $119.5 million in housing assistance including temporary housing, home repairs, and personal property losses,
    • $11.1 million in dental, medical, and funeral costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
  • $75.6 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the SBA.
  • $142 million in insurance claims settled by the NFIP.
  • $398,000 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance awarded.
  • 92,980 persons registered with FEMA for disaster assistance.
  • 27,949 persons visited Disaster Recovery Centers in affected areas across Pennsylvania.
  • 81,994 inspections of damaged properties completed.

The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is Wednesday, 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. Multilingual operators answer calls seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Registration is also available online at or by smart phone or tablet at Individuals with a disability who needs help registering should 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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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