Gov. Tom Wolf announced today that President Joe Biden has approved his request to declare a major disaster in Pennsylvania following heavy rains, severe flash flooding and Tropical Depression Ida tornadoes that affected Pennsylvania from August 31, 2021 to September 5, 2021.
“Pennsylvanians continue to recover from this deadly storm, which is why my administration has made seeking federal help quickly a top priority,” Governor Wolf said. “I am grateful to our president for reacting quickly and the federal government worked with state and local authorities to assess the damage and determined that the Pennsylvanians deserved this essential federal help. Pennsylvanians will now have the opportunity to receive financial assistance, which will go a long way towards replacing and restoring their property. ”
Major Disaster Declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide federal funding and services to eligible individuals and households through the Individual Assistance Program and to affected communities through the Grants Program risk mitigation.
“I would like to thank FEMA for working closely with our staff and local officials to quickly assess the damage in hard-hit communities and approve Pennsylvania for federal assistance,” said Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. “I urge everyone affected by this historic storm to continue to document all damages and costs incurred with the cleanup so that you are prepared to apply for and receive financial support. ”
The governor’s request included a declaration of major disaster for individual assistance to the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York and for the risk mitigation grant program to be made available to the 67 counties of the Commonwealth.
In the coming days, PEMA will work with its FEMA partners, as well as with county governments, to organize and open a number of disaster recovery centers in affected communities. FEMA will have staff available at these centers to assist residents with the appropriate documents and expedite the process of obtaining recovery assistance.
Governor Wolf and Director Padfield recently visited several areas of southeastern Pennsylvania that have been affected by severe flooding and rare tornadoes.
On August 31, Governor Wolf signed a Disaster Emergency Proclamation, which made it easier for state agencies to pre-position resources and respond more quickly to requests for state aid.