HARRISBURG — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) announced federal aid is available to individuals who suffered damage caused by Hurricane Irene from August 26 -30, 2011. The disaster declaration for Individual Assistance was issued on September 13, 2011.

If you live or work in any of the following counties you may apply for assistance: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Sullivan and Wyoming. Additional counties may be designated at a later date. Here’s how to apply:

1)     Gather the information you will need before you contact FEMA;

  • Name and Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged property
  • Current address and telephone number where you can be reached
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • A bank routing and account number for direct deposit

2)     Write down a description of your losses caused by the disaster.

3)     Register for assistance online at; the screens will prompt you through the registration process. You can also apply by web enabled mobile device at, or call

1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Operators will assist you seven days a week between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

4)     If you are an applicant with disabilities requiring a housing unit that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) make your situation known at the beginning of the registration process.

5)     If you have insurance coverage for your home take photos of the damage and call your insurance company. Your insurance settlement may or may not fully cover your disaster losses.


Here’s How to Contact FEMA to Apply for Disaster Assistance

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.                                              



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