A disaster recovery centers opened in the center city of Philadelphia and a center for Montgomery County – at the Public Training Campus in Conshohocken. These offices will stay open, officials say, as long as necessary.
Federal and state officials began getting financial help to residents who suffered property damage from Hurricane Irene.
FEMA spokesman Mike Wade says to CBS News, the level of assistance is decided individually for each case.
“ Every individual is so different, and we tell people, ‘If you have a question, talk to FEMA about your issue. Don’t talk to your neighbor, because what your neighbor may or may not have gotten is entirely different than what you may be eligible for.’ “
The Philadelphia center at 15th and Sansom Streets is open 10am to 7pm, seven days a week.
” So many Pennsylvania residents were impacted by Hurricane Irene. As your Representative, I wanted to be sure you were aware of the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) that just opened in Montgomery County for residents and business owners who suffered in the aftermath of these storms”, – said Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.
The Montgomery County recovery center is located at 1175 Conshohocken Road, Plymouth and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. You may visit any DRC regardless of where you live or work.
The Center will be run by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
Representatives from the following agencies will be available to answer questions, provide assistance, and help complete paperwork:
• U.S. Small Business Administration
• Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare,
• State Department of Environmental Protection
• State Department of Transportation
• Montgomery County Health Department
• Montgomery County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Department, and
• Montgomery County Office of Aging and Adult Services
Disaster officials recommend that you register before visiting the center.
To register, please call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800 621-3362.
The Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz office is available if you have any questions, concerns or need assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact district offices at 215-335-3355 (Philadelphia) or 215-517-6572 (Montgomery).