Pa. Disaster Assistance Tops $111 Million

December 31, 2004

Disaster recovery grants and disaster loans totaling more than $111.4 million have been approved for Pennsylvania individuals and business owners who suffered losses as a result of flooding from Tropical Storms Ivan and Frances in September, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

As of Dec. 20:

* 39,943 Pennsylvanians have registered for assistance
* More than $77.4 million has been approved for Individual and Household grants
* More than $34 million has been approved for loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Residents and business owners in the 58 counties who registered for assistance as a result of the September tropical storms can call FEMA’s toll free Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) to check on the status of their applications. The line will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

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