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Posted on: October 1, 2021

FEMA Resource Center for Ida Victims Coming to Upper Bucks

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center signs

A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resource center for Bucks County residents and businesses affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida will open next week in Upper Bucks.

The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is planned to run Monday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 9., in the gym of Calvary Church, 820 Souderton Road, Hilltown Township. 

The last day to apply for individual assistance (IA) is Wednesday, Nov. 10. 

The resource center will operate on the following schedule: 

  • 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4
  • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5
  • 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6
  • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7
  • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9

The Calvary Church site will replace the DRC in Warwick, which will close this weekend.

The DRCs are run by FEMA in partnership with the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to assist homeowners, renters, and business owners in applying for federal aid.

FEMA and SBA staff will be ready to provide information about the types of federal help available. Additional agencies and services will be present once the DRC reaches full operational capability next week.

The federal government so far has sent more than $2 million in aid to Bucks County residents since Sept. 10, when President Joseph R. Biden issued a Major Disaster Declaration in response to the widespread damage from the early-September storm. 

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. In addition to visiting a DRC, you can register by:

  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. 
  • Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 1-800-462-7585. 
  • If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.
  • Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available online at DisasterAssistance.gov or DisasterAssistance.gov/es for Spanish.
  • Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), wherever you access your mobile applications

Media Contact: James O’Malley, 215-348-6414, jtomalley@buckscounty.org; FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov 

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