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​Ida Disaster Recovery Resources

Local, county, state, and federal teams are conducting joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDA) as conditions allow, 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 pertains to IA. The exception is the following update on PA approvals.

As of October 20, 2021, the following counties have been approved for Public Assistance (PA):

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

Other counties may be added at a later date.

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

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

Who is Eligible?

As of September 24, 2021, 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

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 1:00 AM ET.

SBA Disaster Assistance Available

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (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) will be established in impacted communities. The centers are staffed by state and federal agencies. These centers are designated by individual counties and provide a location for citizens to go and obtain critical program information and also register for disaster assistance.

DRCs are one-stop shops for citizens, where they can 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 will be available to answer questions regarding issues including mental health counseling, driver’s license replacements, emergency food program resources, farm damage, and much more.

DRC Locations and Hours

Current DRCs are listed below. Additional DRC locations may be announced later.

All DRCs (unless noted below) operate on the following schedule: Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DRCs are closed Sundays, although you may still apply for assistance online or over the phone on those days.

It’s important to note that if you live in a county that is included in an individual assistance disaster declaration, you may apply for assistance at any DRC location. You can also apply for assistance over the phone or on the internet at 1-800-621-3362 or disasterassistance.gov.

Applicants are not required to call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 before visiting a DRC and a visit to the DRC is not required in order to get assistance. However, calling 1-800-621-3362 is a good start and can help applicants get more detailed information once they report to the DRC.

Hours of Operation at all DRCs (unless noted below):
Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
DRCs will be closed on Sundays.

Bedford County DRC
Bedford Fire Department
248 W Penn Street
Bedford, PA 15522

Chester County DRC
Ashbridge Square Shopping Center
945 E. Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

Montgomery County DRC
Montgomery County Community College
Health Sciences Center Gymnasium
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422

Northampton County DRC
Emergency Management Services
100 Gracedale Avenue
Nazareth, PA 18064

Philadelphia County DRC
Former CVS
7219 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128

York County DRC
Manchester Township Municipal Building
3200 Farmtrail Road
York, PA 17406

Mobile DRCs 

The following is a list of current and upcoming mobile or temporary FEMA DRCs as of 10/21/2021.

Montgomery County Mobile DRCs:

Oaks Fire Company No. 1
260 Greentree Road
Phoenixville, PA  19460
OPEN:  10/30/2021, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bridgeport Borough Building
63 West 4th Street
Bridgeport, PA  19405
OPEN:  10/27/2021, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM; and 10/28/2021, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Black Rock Fire Station 260
Green Tree Rd, Oaks, PA 19456
OPEN:  10/29/2021, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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).