HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With the deadline to apply for disaster assistance less than one week away, federal assistance to Pennsylvanians who had damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee stands at $383.4 million. This representsdisaster aid to applicants, insurance settlements, disaster unemployment assistance, and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low interest disaster loans.
The deadline to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and SBA is Wednesday, December 14.
“People who hesitated this long may have doubts about whether or not they should apply,” said Federal Coordinating Officer, Thomas J. McCool. “We encourage anyone who had damage from these storms to call FEMA so they don’t miss out on getting help they may be entitled to.”
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 www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smart phone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Individualswith a disability who need help registering should call FEMA.
Here is a breakdown of disaster assistance through December 8, 2011:
- $132.6 Million Individual Assistance grants approved;
- $120.9 million in housing assistance including temporary housing, home repairs, and personal property losses
- $11.7 million in dental, medical, and funeral costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
- $78.6 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the SBA.
- $171.8 million in claims estimated by the NFIP.
- $446,376 inDisaster Unemployment Assistance awarded.
- 93,348 persons registered with FEMA for disaster assistance.
- 27,949 persons visited Disaster Recovery Centers (final total – all centers closed)
- 82,543 inspections of damaged properties completed.
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.