Local Sign-Ups Still Offered for FEMA Storm Help

VALLEY FORGE PA – With Nov. 10 (2021; Wednesday) looming as the deadline to apply for monetary and other assistance the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is setting up temporary recovery centers in Valley Forge and Collegeville, both intended to provide help closer to area residents who suffered property and other damages as a result of Tropical Storm Ida.

Temporary centers are scheduled to operate from noon to 7 p.m.:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 2 and 3) at the Hampton Inn in Valley Forge; and
  • Thursday and Friday (Nov. 4 and 5) at the Marriott Inn in Collegeville.

Other centers will operate at to-be-announced locations in Montgomery County through Nov. 10, the agency added.

As of Oct. 23, the most recent date on which summary figures were available, FEMA said it had received 35,625 total applications from across Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Philadelphia, York, Northampton and Bedford counties. All are federally designated for assistance.

Individuals and business owners who sustained storm-induced losses in any of those counties can apply for federal disaster assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-3362. FEMA’s helpline call center hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Operators can also answer questions about applications already submitted, it said.

Also as of Oct. 23, FEMA confirmed that:

  • Funding valued at $27.87 million has already been for individual assistance in the 8-county area, of which:
  • Housing assistance amounted to $21.73 million;
  • Other needs assistance totaled $6.14 million.

Additionally, 1,589 disaster loan applications were received by the federal Small Business Administration, with more than $18.49 million qualified for approved loans.