Disaster Relief Resources for Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Resources:

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
PEMA oversees a number of programs and services to help prevent, respond to, or recover from disasters. They include federal and state support, as well as citizen-based volunteer opportunities to assist in times of disaster or emergency.
PEMA (pa.gov)
Forms used to apply and account for federal funds provided through the public assistance program under disaster declarations.Public Assistance Forms (pa.gov)

Disaster Recovery - Pennsylvania Insurance Department
Answers to some common insurance questions you may ask after a disaster, such as -Where do I go for help? How do I file a claim? What's covered in my policy? How can I protect myself from a home repair scam? - are answered through information on this web page.Recovery (pa.gov)

Flood Insurance - Pennsylvania Insurance Department
  Information on the basics of flood insurance.Local Government Flood Resources (pa.gov)

Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee - Post-Flooding Information and Resources

Site discussing emergency preparedness and what you can do before a disaster strikes.

Where to Write for Vital Records - Pennsylvania
List from the National Center for Health Statistics outlining where to contact in Pennsylvania for replacement copies of vital records.

Federal Resources:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency - a former independent agency that became part of the new Department of Homeland Security in March 2003 - is tasked with responding to, planning for, recovering from and mitigating against disasters.

DisasterAssistance.gov provides information on how you might be able to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster. If the President of the United States makes help available to individuals in your community after a disaster, you can visit this site to apply online.

HUD Disaster Resources
HUD provides a variety of disaster resources and partners with Federal and state agencies to help implement disaster recovery assistance.HUD Disaster Resources | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD Disaster Recovery Assistance - CDBG Disaster Recovery Assistance
HUD provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations. Congress may appropriate additional funding for the CDBG and HOME programs as Disaster Recovery grants to rebuild the affected areas and provide crucial seed money to start the recovery process. Community Development Block Grant Program | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD - Capital Fund Emergency/Natural Disaster Funding
Each year Congress sets aside funds within the Capital Fund appropriation to create a reserve for emergencies and natural disasters. Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that confront an emergency situation or a natural disaster are eligible to apply for and receive funds from the reserve provided that they comply with certain requirements.

After a Disaster: Repairing Your Home (FTC)
This website from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offer tips for consumers who may be facing major repairs after a disaster hits home.

Disaster Loans (Small Business Administration)
SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (U.S. Department of Labor)
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, authorizes the President to provide benefit assistance to individuals unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster. The U.S. Department of Labor oversees DUA and coordinates with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which provides the funds to the state UI agencies for payment of DUA benefits and state administration under agreements with the Secretary of Labor.

Disaster Assistance - Food and Nutrition Service
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) coordinates with State, local and voluntary organizations to provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites; distribute food packages directly to households in need in limited situations; and issue emergency SNAP benefits.

Tax Relief in Disaster Situations (Internal Revenue Service)
The IRS is in the process of providing tax relief to victims of Hurricane Irene. Relief for taxpayers in various locations, including postponement of filing and payment deadlines, will be listed here as it is announced.

Replace Your Vital Documents
List of links from USA.gov outlining where to go to replace a large variety of important documents.Replace Your Vital Records | USAGov

Other Resources:

National Disaster Legal Aid
This is a site designed to serve as a centralized national resource for legal aid, pro bono and criminal defender attorneys across the country on legal issues related to all types of disasters. Persons affected by a disaster can find helpful legal resources for dealing with the aftermath of a disaster on the site.

Search for Red Cross Shelters
Search for open Red Cross shelters by address, city, state, and/or zip code.
Shelter information is updated every 30 minutes from the National Shelter System.Disaster Shelters | Find Shelters | American Red Cross

Last Review and Update: Feb 15, 2022
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