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  • Helping You Recover from Hurricane Ida

    Breaking it Down: Major Disaster Declarations

    Late last week, President Biden approved federal disaster declarations for parts of Pennsylvania. The incident period for both declarations is from August 31 – September 5, 2021, and authorizes FEMA to provide federal disaster assistance to impacted areas. Visit FEMA’s official Pennsylvania Hurricane Ida Disaster Page here.  

    About Disaster Assistance

    Federal disaster assistance from FEMA may be available for certain expenses which are not covered by insurance policies (Homeowner, Renter, Flood, etc.) or from active Voluntary Agencies/Mass Care (emergency food, shelter, clothing, medical, etc.). For counties with major disaster declarations, this can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the impact of Hurricane Ida.

    Types of Assistance

    Individual Assistance Fact Sheet - learn about these programs:

    • Mass Care and Emergency Assistance (MC/EA)
    • Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) 
    • Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) 
    • Disaster Legal Services (DLS) 
    • Disaster Case Management (DCM) 
    • Individuals and Households Program (IHP)

    Disaster Assistance Sequence of Delivery Fact Sheet - learn about the process to receive assistance here.

    Public Assistance Fact Sheet - this is not yet available, check back for updates. Examples of this would include: 

    • Debris Removal
    • Emergency Protective Measures
    • Roads
    • Public Utilities

    Applying for Federal Assistance

    If/when your county receives a Major Disaster Declaration, you may apply online for individual assistance from FEMA or constituents may call the application phone number at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).  

    Other Resources

    FEMA Emergency assistance alone is not designed to make those affected whole. It is important that residents explore all aid available through the federal, state, and local governments as well as through reputable non-profits. 

    In addition to your local and county governments, please find a list of organizations that FEMA has compiled.  

    National Referral List | FEMA.gov 



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