Hurricane Ida

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Montgomery County Hurricane Emergency Relief Effort (H.E.R.E.)

Montgomery County is committed to ensuring that our residents with unmet needs due to Hurricane Ida are connected with necessary support services, such as temporary housing, veterans' benefits, and food, as well as with services for seniors and children. Please complete this brief and secure survey as soon as possible so that the County has all of the information required to continue to support your needs.

To complete the survey, visit https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/df7fceee47a84a08a42665bd1790c103 or scan the QR code to the right.

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FEMA Individual Assistance

UPDATE: The application deadline for Individual Assistance was January 10, 2022. Late registrations will continue to be accepted for 60 days per FEMA regulations, however, applicants will need to provide documentation of extenuating circumstances such as hospitalization, military deployment, incarceration, etc., precluding them from applying during the initial and extended 120 day application period beginning September 10, 2021 and ending January 10, 2022.

On Friday, September 10th, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida from August 31 to September 5, 2021.

Financial assistance is available for affected individuals and businesses in Montgomery County, as well as in Bedford, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York counties. 

Federal assistance programs may include but are not limited to rental assistance, repair or replacement of housing to a safe, sanitary, and functional standard (not pre-disaster condition), funds for other needs (e.g., vehicles, clothing, appliances, etc.), and low-interest loans. For more information about available programs and the application process, download FEMA's "Help After a Disaster" Brochure in English, Spanish, and 25 other languages.

Follow the below steps to start your recovery process and apply for assistance:

Step 1: Take photos of your damaged home and belongings.
Step 2: Make a list of damaged/lost items.
Step 3: If you have insurance, you must file a claim with your insurance company. If you do not have insurance, continue to Step 4.
Step 4: Gather and have ready the following information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Insurance Information: types of coverage (e.g., homeowners, flood, automobile)
  • Damage Information: description of the damage and your property
  • Financial Information: total annual household income, before taxes, pre-disaster
  • Contact Information: address/phone for damaged property and applicant
  • Direct Deposit Information (optional): FEMA may be able to deposit funds directly to your bank account (need bank name, type of account, routing, and account #s)

Step 5: Apply for disaster assistance from FEMA using one of the below methods.

Step 6: You will be contacted by a FEMA inspector, who will schedule an appointment to visit your property to confirm your eligibility for assistance. 

  • NOTE: FEMA inspectors come from all over the country using phones from various area codes. If you apply for assistance, be prepared to answer your phone when called, even if it is from a number that you do not recognize.

For additional information on the disaster declaration, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4618.

Supplemental Resources

Montgomery County FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) Update - Tuesday, Jan 11th
Valid Registrations
6,762
Individuals and Households Program (IHP) Funds Disbursed
$12,390,026.46

Note: Effective January 11, 2022, this table will no longer be updated as FEMA has ended their Individual Assistance Daily Reports to Montgomery County.

FEMA Appeals and Continued Rental Assistance

Appeals

Determined ineligible for FEMA disaster assistance? You can appeal the decision within 60 days. Click here to learn more.

In addition, homeowners whose furnaces, septic systems, bridges, and/or wells were damaged may be eligible for financial assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. People who are determined ineligible, or received an initial amount for cleaning or testing, have the right to appeal for additional assistance in some cases up to the actual cost of repair or replacement of furnaces, septic systems, bridges, and wells. Click here for more information.

Continued Rental Assistance

Survivors of Hurricane Ida who live in Montgomery County or other designated counties in Pennsylvania and received initial rental assistance from FEMA may be eligible for continued rental assistance. To be eligible to apply, survivors must meet the following conditions:

  • They were awarded initial rental assistance and used it as intended. The initial award covered two months.
  • They are unable to return to their pre-disaster residence because it is uninhabitable, cannot be accessed, or is not available due to Hurricane Ida.
  • They cannot pay for housing without assistance.
  • They are not receiving temporary housing help from any other source.
  • They are developing a longer-term or permanent housing plan or can demonstrate progress toward one.

Survivors applying for continued assistance must complete an Application for Continued Temporary Housing Assistance. To request this form, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

  • Applicants should submit the following documents with the completed application: Pre- and post-disaster income for household members 18 and older.
  • Proof of pre-disaster housing costs (copy of lease and utility bills, renter’s insurance, mortgage statements, real estate taxes, home insurance, etc.)
  • Proof of post-disaster housing costs (copy of current lease or rental agreement signed by the applicant and the landlord).

The application form and supporting documents should be returned to FEMA in one of the following ways:

  • Upload them to your disaster account at www.disasterassistance.gov
  • Mail them to FEMA, PO Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055.
  • Fax them to 800-827-8112.

FEMA will evaluate the request to determine if the applicant is eligible. It is important for applicants to keep FEMA updated with their contact information and housing status.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans

While the application deadlines for Business Physical Disaster Loans and Home Disaster Loans have passed (January 10, 2022), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) remain available from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These are working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.

The application deadline is Friday, June 10, 2022. The maximum individual loan amount is $2 million. Interest rates are as low as 2.855% for businesses and 2.0% for non-profit organizations (subject to SBA eligibility determination). For complete program information and eligibility criteria, view the SBA's Disaster Loan Fact Sheet in English or Spanish.

Apply for SBA assistance using one of the below methods:

  • Online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela
  • Via mail, call 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for deaf/hard of hearing) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week, to request a paper application or download a copy at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Questions? Call 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for deaf/hard of hearing) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week, or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

SBA Webinar for Business Owners

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, Montgomery County hosted a webinar featuring personnel from the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) providing information on how businesses impacted by Hurricane Ida can access disaster assistance.

The webinar featured an overview of the federal disaster loan program as it relates to recovery from Hurricane Ida for those with physical and/or economic losses. Topics included who is eligible to apply and how to apply, and how long it typically takes to process applications; what is covered, loan limits, interest rates, and terms; how SBA can help fund mitigation projects, and more.

Recording link: https://youtu.be/_fFjvqx8_Bo (Note: the deadlines for some programs discussed in the video have passed)

FEMA Public Assistance

**Note that the term "Public" here refers to public agencies (i.e., governments), not members of the public. Individuals and households are eligible to apply for aid through the Individual Assistance program (see details above).**

On Friday, October 8th, FEMA announced that Public Assistance (PA) funding has been made available to Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester counties to augment state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by Hurricane Ida. The declaration has, to date, been expanded to include the counties of Bedford, Dauphin, Delaware, Fulton, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York. All seven categories of PA (A-G) are now available to the Commonwealth government, eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a 75 percent cost-sharing basis for eligible expenditures. Categories include:

  • Category A: Debris Removal
  • Category B: Emergency Protective Measures
  • Category C: Roads and Bridges
  • Category D: Water Control Facilities
  • Category E: Buildings and Equipment
  • Category F: Utilities
  • Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Other Items

Eligible entities include*:

  • County governments
  • Municipalities, boroughs, and townships
  • Local public authorities
  • School districts
  • Regional government entities
  • Agencies or instrumentalities of local governments
  • Special districts established under State law
  • Community Development Districts (must own and be legally responsible for maintenance, and operation of an eligible facility that is open to and serves the general public)
  • Private nonprofit organizations (subject to a number of restrictions, see pages 43-48)

*This list may not be all-inclusive. FEMA makes final determinations on organization eligibility.

The Public Assistance application period has ended, effective December 7, 2021. Agencies with questions may contact PEMA Specialist Jonathan Skripka at jskripka@pa.gov.

For more information on the Public Assistance program, visit https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/program-overview.

Property Damage

Effective Friday, October 8th, Montgomery County has closed the damage self-reporting form. If you experienced damage due to Hurricane Ida, be sure to first file a claim with your homeowners, renters, flood, or commercial insurance company. If you don't have insurance or experienced loss that isn't covered under your policy, view the sections above on applying for federal disaster assistance from FEMA and/or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Reports Received as of 10 AM on Friday, October 8, 2021 (final report): 3,728

Key

Green icons: Wind/severe weather/tornado damage
Blue icons: Flood damage

Damage Reports 10.8.21 1000

Update on Tree Removal in the Mather Mill Area (Intersection of Bethlehem Pike and 73)

As part of the cleanup from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, trees and debris are being removed from the Mather Mill area on County-owned property at the intersection of Bethlehem Pike and 73. Arborists are working to remove uprooted and damaged trees that are not likely to survive given the levels of damage they have sustained. This work is being done is in the interest of public safety for users of the park, as well as to prevent damage to bridges and other structures that cross nearby waterways.

We realize the removal of the trees has caused some concerns for the future of this site. The County and its contractor are working with Whitemarsh Township and other environmental groups to plan for timely future site work which will include new tree plantings and considerations for stormwater runoff. It is important to note this site will remain as open space and there are no plans for development or construction on any of these parcels.

Free Legal Assistance

A toll-free legal aid helpline, operated by Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, is now available for survivors of Hurricane Ida in Pennsylvania. Low-income survivors facing legal issues may call 877-429-5994. The helpline will be staffed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but messages can be left 24/7. 

Callers should identify that they are seeking storm-related legal assistance, name the county in which they are located, and describe their legal problems. Survivors who qualify for assistance will be matched with Pennsylvania lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help.

Examples of legal assistance available may include:

  • Assistance with securing FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors
  • Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
  • Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
  • Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems
  • Counseling on landlord/tenant problems
  • Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims

Insurance Questions and Issues with Insurance Companies

Do you have questions related to your insurance policy? Have you had an issue while filing a claim with your insurance company? If so, you may contact the Pennsylvania Insurance Department's Consumer Service Bureau for assistance. They can be contacted online or via phone at 1-877-881-6388.

Donations

Financial/Monetary

The Montgomery County Commissioners are pleased to announce the creation of the Montco Emergency Disaster Relief Fund, hosted by the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. All donations to this fund will support non-profit agencies serving Montgomery County individuals and families impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Funds can be used to support housing, food, gasoline, and household needs such as cleaning products, hygiene products, bedding, towels, and clothing.

Over $157,000 in donations has been received so far! Contributors can donate to the Montco Emergency Disaster Relief Fund through the following ways: 

  • Donate online
  • Text GIVE or DONATE to (610) 600-1764
  • Donate by check, mail to: The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc., 4 Sentry Parkway East, Suite 302, Blue Bell, PA 19422

Donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law.

Montco Emergency Disaster Relief Fund - Click Here to Donate!

Physical/Non-Monetary

A number of organizations in and around Montgomery County are accepting physical (non-monetary) donations, which they in turn will provide to individuals in need. Contact each organization for more information. This list may not be all-inclusive.

SHELTER AND HOUSING

Montgomery County is offering resources to individuals and families who are currently experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida. Residents should contact Your Way Home by dialing 2-1-1 or texting their zip code to 898-211 to check availability of resources, which may include short-term hotel housing in certain cases. 

Short-term hotel housing is prioritized for individuals or families who are:

  • Sleeping outside
  • Sleeping in a car
  • Staying in overcrowded or unsafe housing conditions
  • Staying in a hotel and are at risk of being displaced
  • Staying in housing that is now condemned or otherwise deemed unsafe

Short-term hotel housing is offered at no cost to Montgomery County residents who have been displaced.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Montgomery County Mobile Crisis provides support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-855-634-HOPE (4673). This service is available to anyone in Montgomery County, including children, teens, adults, and families. Montgomery County also has a Teen Talk Line that can be reached by calling 866-825-5856 or texting 215-703-8411. It is available Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.