11 September 2011

Hi

Well, Hurricane Irene has passed and then we had the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. Southeastern PA set a record for rainfall in August and we are on track to do it again in September, I bet. Interestingly, the West Vincent website has not informed it's residents about reporting damages to property to the township administration. The only thing on the West Vincent Township website having to do with Hurricane Irene is that the movie night has been rescheduled again to September 17.  Note the date on the following article.  I held up on doing anything about this earlier, I had hoped the township would do something themselves.

It is the responsibility of the Township to notify it's residents and then it is supposed to compile any submitted information and forward it to the County, who then forwards it on to PEMA for use in the State's request for a Federal disaster declaration. This work must be done very quickly. I suggest the readers report their damages as soon as possible.  The attached article states:

"Each municipality is responsible for collecting damage reports from residents and reporting them to counties for submission to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. PEMA compiles the totals and forwards them to federal officials to be considered as part of the state's request for a federal disaster declaration."

Here is the link:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pema-urges-residents-to-report-irene-related-damages-to-local-officials-128901278.html

Here is the article in it's entirety:


PEMA Urges Residents to Report Irene-Related Damages to Local Officials


HARRISBURG, Pa.Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania residents who sustained damages to their homes or businesses as a result of Hurricane Irene should report those damages to local municipal officials as soon as possible.

"It's very important for residents to quickly file damage reports with their local governments," said PEMA Director Glenn Cannon. "Teams of local, county, state and federal staffers are busy doing preliminary damage assessments, but it's not possible for them to inspect every damaged property so we need the public's help."

Each municipality is responsible for collecting damage reports from residents and reporting them to counties for submission to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. PEMA compiles the totals and forwards them to federal officials to be considered as part of the state's request for a federal disaster declaration.

To find contact information for your township, borough or city, look in the government section (Blue Pages) of your local telephone directory or search online.

It's important to note that at this point in the recovery process, reporting damages to local officials is only for recording and filing purposes. It is not a means of registering for services or funding.

"Even if you have insurance and don't anticipate asking for federal assistance, we are all part of the same team in working to give the federal government an accurate picture of the damages we sustained in this storm," Cannon said. "Should we get a disaster declaration that includes financial aid for homeowners and renters, we'll then issue instructions on how people can sign up for assistance."

Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed September as "National Preparedness Month" in Pennsylvania – a time for families to take steps to prepare for all types of emergencies.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.ReadyPA.org -- a state resource that encourages citizens to take three basic steps before an emergency or natural disaster:


Information such as checklists for emergency kits and templates for emergency plans, as well as other information and volunteer opportunities, is available at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397).

SOURCE Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

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