Federal Disaster Help Availability Extended to Oct. 27

HARRISBURG PA – An extension of the Tropical Storm Ida disaster emergency declaration was approved this week by the state Legislature to continue through Oct. 27, giving Pennsylvania homeowners and businesses more time to apply for a variety of assistance and programs to help recover from storm damage, local state representatives and senators reported.

Gov. Tom Wolf issued the declaration Aug. 31, but his powers to extend it were limited to 21 days by voters in the last election. Members of the House and Senate considered lengthening it in the best interests of both their constituents and, politically, themselves.

A Montgomery County website, here, offers information on applying for aid from the federal government, as well as obtaining U.S. Small Business Administration assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, free transportation, and debris collection.

Additionally, county residents and business owners can apply directly to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for federal disaster assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

A FEMA disaster recovery center also is providing live in-person help at the Central Campus of Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, according to a media release Thursday (Sept. 23). It is operating weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed Sundays.

Photos supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency