The remnants of Hurricane Ida dramatically affected several areas in the state of Pennsylvania from August 31 through September 5, 2021.
A major disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been approved and will provide federal funding and services to eligible individuals and households through the Individual Assistance program and impacted communities through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York counties was initially announced on September 10. An announcement adding two additional counties, Bedford and Northampton, to the declaration was announced on September 24. Individual Assistance is now available in all of these counties:
Assistance for all 67 counties in Pennsylvania is also available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Impacted residents of affected counties should apply with FEMA using one of these methods:
Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM ET. Multilingual operators are available.
FEMA also has Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Teams deployed to provide hands-on assistance with registration and to answer questions.
IMPORTANT DEADLINE: The application deadline is 60 days from the date of the declaration, September 10, 2021.
DEADLINE UPDATE: FEMA approved the Governor’s request to extend the deadline to apply for Individual Assistance (IA) until December 10, 2021 to allow homeowners and renters in Bedford, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York counties extra time to apply for assistance for damage caused by the Remnants of Hurricane Ida between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5.
For more information on the FEMA process, check out the Figuring Out FEMA guide from The Center for Urban Pedagogy.
Appealing FEMA's Determination
If you were denied assistance from FEMA or the award is not enough to cover for damages, you have a right to appeal FEMA’s determination.
If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, you can use this interactive form from DisasterLegalAid.org to generate an appeal and a letter requesting a copy of your file.
YOU MUST THEN MAIL OR FAX THE LETTERS TO FEMA TO FILE YOUR APPEAL.
For Frequently Asked Questions about the appeals process, read this page on DisasterLegalAid.org
IMPORTANT DEADLINE: If you would like to appeal FEMA's determination on assistance, you have 60 days from the date on the determination letter to do so.