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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Federal Disaster Assistance Available To Residents and Businesses

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. This means financial assistance is available for affected individuals and businesses in Whitpain and all of Montgomery County. 

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.

Before you apply for assistance, follow the below steps to start your recovery process:

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: Apply for disaster assistance from FEMA using one of the below methods. Applications will be accepted for up to 60 days from the disaster declaration date (9/10/21).

  1. Online at (Espanol:
  2. Over the phone at 1-800-621-3362 / TTY 1-800-462-7585 (7 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET, 7 days a week)
  3. Via the FEMA smartphone application: Google Play or Apple App Store
  4. In-person at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) - location and other details to be announced soon

Step 5: 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.  

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