The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

September 23, 2011

FEMA center opens

Valley residents can go to former CareerLink

SELINSGROVE — Two weeks after a flood devastated parts of the Valley, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have opened a Disaster Recovery Center in the borough.

The center at the former CareerLink, 713 Bridge St., began operations Thursday to help residents and business owners recover from their losses. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Liz Roll, a spokeswoman for FEMA, said the center will help residents from anywhere in the region.

“We’re here at a central location where people can come to talk to FEMA representatives about their situation,” she said. “If they’ve already filled out documents, we can check on their application and see what stage it’s in. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration will also be available here to answer questions about low-interest-rate loans. We’ll also have counseling services here.”

As of early Thursday afternoon, seven families had visited the center.

Officials at FEMA have not yet broken down by county how many families have asked for assistance at its centers. Statewide, 21,122 families have visited Disaster Recovery Centers, as of Wednesday night.

“I think right now our opening a center here is not well known, which accounts for the light first-day turnout,” Roll said.

She added that FEMA is assessing the needs of other communities in Pennsylvania, and may open up to 20 Disaster Recovery Centers, as needed.

Roll said that families in need of assistance “don’t need to write anything down or bring photos of their washed-away residences. Pictures are helpful, but not necessary. We have inspectors that will take the application, look at the location and then visit the site.”

Officials say the center will be open as long as it is needed.

Disaster officials recommend that you register before visiting a Disaster Recovery Center so if you have any questions about the application process they can be answered face-to-face.

To register for assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 or register at DisasterAssistance.gov; the screens will prompt you through the registration process. You can also apply by web-enabled device at m.fema.gov. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, call 1-800 621-3362.

1
Text Only
News
  • Feds ship 500 children to Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG — An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the southern U.S. border is spilling into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth.

    July 22, 2014

  • Hope Lewis Inmate's widow wants $750,000 from Northumberland County

    SUNBURY — The widow of a Shamokin man who hanged himself inside Northumberland County Prison is demanding $750,000, the firing of all jail employees who worked the night of June 16 and a complete overhaul of policies and procedures for suicidal inmates.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vancliff Lifer gets more time for molesting Danville girls

    WILKES-BARRE — A convicted murderer accused of having persuaded a former Danville woman to bring two girls to visit him in a northeastern Pennsylvania prison so he could molest them has been sentenced to additional prison time and fined.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Union County driver, 86, dies near Weikert

    WEIKERT — An 86-year-old Weikert man died in a one-car accident Tuesday morning, when he lost control of his vehicle on Weikert Road in front of the Union County Sportsman’s Club, veered off the road and slammed into a tree.

    July 22, 2014

  • Director hired for Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area

    BURNSIDE — An Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area committee member with experience in the ATV industry was named the operations director of the park during Monday night’s authority meeting.

    July 22, 2014

  • Line Mountain hires expert to test gauge that failed

    MANDATA — Members of the Line Mountain school board Tuesday unanimously approved hiring an engineering expert to test a pressure gauge and fuel system that failed at the former Dalmatia Elementary School in February.

    July 22, 2014

  • 'Greatest con artist' gets 2 more years behind bars

    WILLIAMSPORT — The “greatest con artist” Senior Judge Robert Sacavage said he has ever seen was sentenced Monday to 2 more years in prison after he traveled outside the U.S. Middle District of Pennsylvania without permission and failed to report to his probation officer.

    July 22, 2014

  • 1obamanew.jpg Conflicting rulings on Obamacare

    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • bearden9.jpg Bail reduced for Bearden

    Jasmine Bearden, who was arrested earlier this year on criminal attempted homicide charges for the alleged abuse of her six-week old baby, had her bail reduced in Union County on Tuesday morning.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • US airlines scrap Israel flights

    Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

    July 22, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.