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.
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 www.disasterassistance.gov or
by calling the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362.
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 www.disasterassistance.gov 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
to update your contact information or call the FEMA helpline at
- Rental Assistance is available in
Pennsylvania to displaced residents once you are registered
- 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:
DASC iNformation (Specific to PHILADELPHIA)
Traveling Resource and Information Fairs
FAir PARTNER oRG / VOLUNTEER INFO
form for organizations – please recruit them in your own local
communities, send completed form, and share organization names with local
form for volunteers – please recruit them in your own local communities,
send completed form, and share names with local hosting centers.
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: http://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/School-Resource-Guide.aspx
It is in both, English and Spanish. Please share with your
Help People Register to Receive Free Legal
Assistance with FEMA matters
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.