Only Three Days Left to Apply for Disaster Assistance

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Release date: 
December 12, 2011
Release Number: 
4025-124

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- December 14 – A very important date if anyone with damage from Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee has not applied for disaster aid. Wednesday is the last day to apply.

Individuals with damage who did not register are ignoring the benefits they may be eligible to receive. For example:

  • Up to $30,200 in housing assistance to cover rent and home repairs, to replace essential household items, and to help with other needs such as medical, dental, and other expenses related to the disaster and not covered by insurance.
  • Up to $200,000 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans to repair or replace a home; up to $40,000 in SBA disaster loans to renters and homeowners to repair or replace personal property; up to $2 million in SBA disaster loans for business owners and certain private nonprofit organizations for uncompensated physical and economic disaster losses.

It is easy to register for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Disaster survivors may also call FEMA to register or check the status of an application already filed by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Applicants with a speech disability or hearing loss who use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.  For those who have a disability and need assistance, a call to FEMA will get them help. Operators are on call seven days a week from 7 am to 10 pm. 

Anyone who had damage and who lives, works, or owns a business in one of the counties designated under the disaster declarations may apply: Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming and York.

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 tom recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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