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Federal Relief Available to Citizens Affected by Flooding

floodFederal assistance is available for residents and business owners who have sustained property losses due to recent flooding.

President Barack Obama has declared Pennsylvania a disaster area in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.  This declaration includes Luzerne, Lycoming, Susquehanna, and Wyoming counties.

As we begin to rebuild in the days and weeks to come, it is encouraging that federal assistance will be forthcoming.  I am urging residents and business owners to apply for aid immediately.

FEMA has advised residents and business owners who have sustained losses, in the designated counties, can now begin to apply for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA_Logo FEMA Instructions for applying for aid are as follows:

  • To qualify for aid you MUST FIRST REGISTER WITH FEMA. There are three easy ways to register for assistance:
  • Register online at
  • Register via smart phone at
  • Register via telephone at 1-800-621-3362 - The toll-free telephone number will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

The following information will be required to register:

  • Social Security Number
  • Address of damaged property
  • Description of damage
  • Insurance information
  • Contact information
  • Mailing address
  • Bank account and routing numbers (if you want direct deposit)
  • Household income information

After you complete the application for assistance, you will receive a FEMA application number.  Keep your FEMA number for future reference and for checking the status of you application.

A Disaster Recovery Center will be established at Luzerne County Community College, 1333 South Prospect Street, Nanticoke, PA 18634 beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14 beginning at 1 p.m. Signs will be present on campus directing residents where to go.  Representatives of FEMA, PEMA, Small Business Administration, The American Red Cross, Penn Dot, DEP, Department of Public Welfare, Mental Health Professionals and others will be on hand at the Recovery Center to assist residents that were affected with their needs.

Residents should bring their photos and documentation with them when visiting the disaster recovery center.

My district offices will be open for residents who need assistance and information.

My staff and I will be doing all that we can to help constituents rebuild following the devastation that flooding has left behind. To that end, my district offices will be open to provide residents with important information and assistance.  We are a resilient community. I am sure that by working together, we can pull this region through this difficult time.

My district offices are located at:

164 South Market Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634
Phone: 570-740-2434
Fax: 570-740-2438
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1701 Wyoming Avenue
Exeter, PA 18643
Phone: (570) 883-4690
Fax: (570) 883-4694
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1201 North Street, Suite 3
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: (570) 325-3274
Fax: (570) 325-3780
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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