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​Ida Disaster Recovery Resources

Local, county, state, and federal teams have conducted joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDA) related to the remnants of Hurricane Ida in Pennsylvania. PDA teams assess damages and eligibility for two federal programs:

  • Public Assistance (PA), which applies primarily to infrastructure damages for local, county, and state governments and certain nonprofits
  • Individual Assistance (IA), which is made up of several federal programs designed to help citizens and businesses get back on their feet

Information on this page primarily pertains to IA. The exception is the following update on PA approvals.

The following counties have been approved for Public Assistance (PA):

  • Bedford
  • Bucks
  • Chester
  • Dauphin
  • Delaware
  • Fulton
  • Huntingdon
  • Luzerne
  • Montgomery
  • Philadelphia
  • Schuylkill
  • York

If you are a municipal, county, or nonprofit official looking for information PA, please access PEMA’s Public Assistance information.

PA application deadlines for Ida can be found on this fact sheet (PDF).

If you have flood insurance, you should first contact your insurance company to learn more about the extent of your coverage.

Who is Eligible?

Individuals in the following Pennsylvania counties are eligible to apply for Individual Assistance for damages sustained from the remnants of Hurricane Ida:

  • Bedford
  • Bucks
  • Chester
  • Delaware
  • Montgomery
  • Northampton
  • Philadelphia
  • York

If you sustained losses or damage and the county in which you live or work is included in an Individual Assistance disaster declaration, you may be eligible for disaster aid.

Registering for Individual Assistance

Survivors of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, in the counties listed above, have until December 10, 2021, to apply.

To register, call 1-800-621-3362 or visit disasterassistance.gov.

You’ll need the following information to complete your registration:

  • Social Security Number (SSN), or if you are applying for assistance on behalf of a U.S. minor citizen in your household, you’ll need the SSN of the minor child in the household who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien
  • Annual household income
  • Contact information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address)
  • Insurance information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
  • Bank account information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

*NOTE: You must provide an email address if you want to review your registration status online. If you do not provide an email address, you will be required to contact FEMA for any updates to your registration.

If you need further information or assistance, call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585.

Helpline services are available 7 days a week from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM ET.

SBA Disaster Assistance Available

For U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan deadlines for businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters, access the Ida Disaster Grants and Deadlines By County Fact Sheet (PDF).

SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) will close permanently at close of business on December 10, 2021.

Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are available to businesses and residents in Pennsylvania following the announcement of a Presidential disaster declaration due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Aug. 31 - Sept. 5, 2021.

The disaster declaration covers Bedford, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York counties in Pennsylvania, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) from the SBA.

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA EIDLs: Adams, Berks, Blair, Cambria, Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, and Somerset in Pennsylvania.

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/, and should apply under SBA declaration #17165.

Disaster Recovery Centers

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have been closed as of Nov. 20, 2021. You still can apply for assistance over the phone at 1-800-621-3362 or online disasterassistance.gov until the Dec. 10, 2021 deadline.

DRCs were established in impacted communities. These centers were designated by individual counties and provided a location for citizens to go and obtain critical program information and also register for disaster assistance.

DRCs were one-stop shops for citizens to get information on every available federal resource in order to recover from this devastating situation, as well as access to services from state agencies. Representatives were available to answer questions regarding issues including mental health counseling, driver’s license replacements, emergency food program resources, farm damage, and much more.

VIDEO: Hurricane Ida DRC Information in ASL

Watch the below video to learn about Pennsylvania Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and how to get assistance if your property has been damaged due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

This video has captions and is in American Sign Language (ASL).