FEMA Opens 3 Local Ida Disaster Recovery Centers

HARRISBURG PA – Three mobile disaster recovery centers opened by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will operate locally this weekend and next week to help Montgomery County residents whose homes or personal property were damaged or otherwise affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, the agency announced Thursday (Oct. 7, 2021).

The temporary centers in Oaks, King of Prussia, and Collegeville will be staffed with its personnel, and representatives of other federal and state agencies, to help with registrations for and answer questions about disaster assistance programs, it said. The registration deadline for disaster assistance in Pennsylvania is Nov. 10 (Wednesday).

Center operations are scheduled for:

  • Friday (Oct. 8) from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday (Oct. 9) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 100 Cresson Blvd., Oaks;
  • Monday (Oct. 11) and Tuesday (Oct. 12), both days from noon to 7 p.m., at the Hyatt Place Hotel, 440 American Ave., King of Prussia; and
  • Wednesday (Oct. 13) and Thursday (Oct. 14), both days from noon to 7 p.m., at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 600 Campus Dr., Collegeville.

The three centers are in addition, the agency noted, to those already operating Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at:

  • Montgomery County Community College, Health Sciences Gym, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell;
  • Chadds Ford Township Office, 10 Ring Road, Chadds Ford;
  • Ashbridge Square Shopping Center, 945 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown;
  • Manchester Township Municipal Building, 3200 Farmtrail Rd, York;
  • Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, 7219 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia; and
  • Calvary Church, 820 Souderton Rd., Souderton.

Those six sites do not operate Sundays, and they also will be closed Monday for the Columbus Day federal holiday. The Chadds Ford site will permanently close Oct. 9 at 5 p.m., it added.

In-person visits at the disaster recovery centers are not required, the agency explained. Registrations can also be entered by phone to its helpline, 1-800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available.

Anyone interested in registering for assistance, either in-person or by phone, should have the following information available:

  • The name and Social Security numbers of the primary applicant and, if any, the secondary or co-applicant;
  • Current and pre-disaster addresses;
  • Names of all occupants of the pre-disaster household;
  • Current contact information;
  • Types of insurance held by the household;
  • Household pre-disaster annual gross income;
  • Losses caused by the disaster; and
  • Banking information for direct deposit of financial assistance, if requested.