Skip Navigation LinksPEMA > PR-Relief-Resources

FEMA Resources & information

Help is available to evacuees from Puerto Rico from both FEMA and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania can provide medical assistance, career counseling, food vouchers, immunizations and many other services to our new citizens.

The deadline to file for DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE is Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Employees or self-employed individuals who became unemployed as a direct consequence of Hurricane Irma or Maria may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. All 78 municipalities are authorized for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Eligible workers must apply for benefits by Feb. 9 in one of the following ways:

More than $4.5 million has been provided in Disaster Unemployment Assistance to 20,000 Puerto Rico survivors.  

FEMA Registration for Puerto Rican residents has been extended until March 20, 2018. 
Evacuees to Pennsylvania should register for benefits if they have not already done so. The most helpful benefits are only available through FEMA registration. Registration can be completed by visiting or by calling the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362.

Video walk-throughs on how to register for FEMA assistance and what to expect from registering:

For more information: The Helpers Guide To FEMA Assistance (PDF)   

  • Transitional Housing Assistance (TSA) provides hotel rooms for evacuees until interim housing arrangements are completed.  This benefit has also been extended until March 20, 2018.  Visit for a complete list of participating hotels in Pennsylvania.
  • It is extremely important that evacuees that have registered maintain current contact information with FEMA.  As of January 1, 2018, FEMA will no longer send SMS/text messages to registrants.  They will only provide updates by email or to your postal address.  Please visit to update your contact information or call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362.
  • Rental Assistance is available in Pennsylvania to displaced residents once you are registered with FEMA.
  • You may designate a third party to meet FEMA damage inspectors.  Please provide the name and phone number of the third party, who must be 18 years or older to the inspector.  The third party must have the survivors FEMA registration number at the time of inspection.  The third party should verify the inspector’s ID prior to granting access to the property.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) loans are available to disaster survivors.  These loans can be used for rebuilding, content replacement, and moving expenses.
  • All FEMA determinations can be appealed.  If you believe you are entitled to disaster survivor benefits, follow instructions in the right sidebar of this page --->
Additional pertinent warnings and information: 
"Help Is Available!" (EnglishEspañol)
 "Don't be a victim of cons and scams!" (English, Español) 
"Turn to HUD Housing for help" (English, Español)
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Contact Sheet (English/Español)
Pennsylvania Department of Education Contact Sheet (English/Español)

DASC iNformation (Specific to PHILADELPHIA)

Traveling Resource and Information Fairs


  • Registration form for organizations – please recruit them in your own local communities, send completed form, and share organization names with local hosting center.
  • Registration form for volunteers – please recruit them in your own local communities, send completed form, and share names with local hosting centers.
  • The Pennsylvania Departments of Education, Health and Human Services’ School Resource Guide for Disaster Evacuees was provided by PDE Special Assistant to the Secretary Pam Smith.  Here’s the direct link: It is in both, English and Spanish.  Please share with your networks. 

Community Points-of-contact:



Help People Register to Receive Free Legal Assistance with FEMA matters

Victims of Hurricane Maria have until March 20, 2018 to file a claim with FEMA and 60 days to appeal a denial by FEMA if they filed a claim and were denied disaster relief.  

probono FEMA legal clinic flyer.jpg