A disaster recovery center opened Tuesday in West Chester at the Chester County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, Room 042. The center is a joint effort between the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to help residents and business owners in Chester County recover from the recent storms and flooding.
Beginning today, the center will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. According to FEMA Public Affairs Officer Mike Wade, the center will remain open at these times until residents’ needs are met. Hours will then be scaled back as necessary. Wade said the center was established as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The commonwealth requested an Individual Assistance Declaration for multiple counties in the state affected by the storms.
Pennsylvania counties approved for individual assistance include Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Sullivan and Wyoming. FEMA recommends that residents interested in services should register beforehand so that any questions about the application process can be answered face to face. Wade said registration will take about 15 minutes and can be completed online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362.