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Help Ridley Park Disaster Assessment of Hurricane Irene

In the wake of President Obama's disaster declaration in Pennsylvania after Hurricane Irene August 26-30, 2011, Ridley Park Borough may quality for state or federal disaster relief and RP officials are asking RPOL members for our assistance in documenting the disaster damages in Ridley Park.

Currently, five Pennsylvania counties are determined to be disaster areas and (Chester, Northampton, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Wyoming) and Delaware County may quality to be added to receive state of federal funding when the current Ridley Park disaster assessment is completed.

To see if Delaware County or Ridley Park qualifies for state and federal resources your action is needed before September 23, 2011.  To participate in the DelCo Hurricane Irene Disaster Assessment, RPOL members must provide Ridley Park Borough with a simple email describing damage to their property or business.  Your assessment must contain the type of damage your property sustained (wind, water, flood, etc), one or two descriptive photographs, plus your telephone number and e-mail address where you can be reached.

Remember, the first step in recovering from a disaster begins with reporting your damages.

The importance of the initial local assessment of damages cannot be over emphasized. At the state and federal level this process is essential to determing:

  • What happened and how it has affected individuals and communities.
  • How residential, business and infrastructure property has been affected.
  • Which areas were hardest hit.
  • Which situations must be given response priority.
  • What types of assistance are needed (e.g., local, state, or federal).

Accurate and timely damage reporting is crucial to successfully requesting and receiving federal assistance in the form of either low-interest loans or grants to help Pennsylvania’s citizens, businesses and infrastructure recover from a disaster. The recovery process begins with the identification of damages at the local level and the expeditious reporting of those damages within the emergency management channels:

  • Individuals and businesses report property damages to the community’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
  • Elected Officials report municipal property and infrastructure damages to the community’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
  • Community Emergency Management Coordinators report damages to residential, business and municipal property and infrastructure within their community to the County Emergency Management Coordinator.
  • County Emergency Management Coordinators report overall damages to residential, business and municipal property and infrastructure within their county to PEMA using the Initial Damage Reporter function of the automated Pennsylvania Emergency Information Reporting System (PEIRS).

PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) analyzes the damage information it receives from the county(s) to determine if the event warrants requesting assistance from either FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) or the SBA (Small Business Administration).

Again, to participate in the DelCo Hurricane Irene Disaster Assessment, RPOL members must provide Ridley Park Borough with a simple email describing damage to their property or business.  Your assessment must contain the type of damage your property sustained (wind, water, flood, etc), one or two descriptive photographs, plus your telephone number and e-mail address where you can be reached.

Tree photo by RPOL member Laura

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