MontCo, ChesCo Part of Federal Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON DC – Federal disaster assistance will be made available to individuals in Montgomery and Chester counties affected by Tropical Storm Ida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported Friday (Sept. 10, 2021). That help can take the form of grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other recovery programs, it said.

The two-county coverage for damages incurred during the period between Aug. 31 (Tuesday) and Sept. 5 (Sunday) is part of a blanket major disaster declaration by President Joe Biden for Pennsylvania, the agency noted. Also included in the region designated for help are Bucks, Delaware, Philadelphia, and York counties.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

E. Craig Levy Sr. has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date, if warranted by the results of damage assessments, it said.