Southeastern Pa.’s Summer Disaster Declaration Amended Following Storms

November 11, 2004

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that it has amended the incident period for the major disaster declaration for severe storms and flooding last summer that affected homeowners, renters and businesses in Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

This decision was based on a review of damage information gathered by federal and state recovery officials and research data provided by the National Weather Service. Initially, those who suffered damage from storms between Aug. 1 and Aug. 25 were eligible to apply for assistance. Now, those who suffered damage beginning July 27 are eligible.

Individuals in Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties who suffered damages from the severe weather between July 27 and Aug. 25 but have not previously applied for federal and state disaster assistance can begin the registration process by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number for speech- and hearing-impaired applicants is 1-800-462-7585.

The telephone numbers are operational from 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Individuals with Internet access now have the option to apply on line at The new application deadline for this disaster is Dec. 8.

Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary rental housing, essential repairs needed to make a residence safe, sanitary and functional; and for other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other programs.

Homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes may also be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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