Hurricane Ida Resources
Hurricane Ida: Our Community in Recovery
For many, Labor Day weekend looked very different this year. After Hurricane Ida ripped through much of the southeast region, stories of immeasurable loss and incredible resilience were seen throughout much of our district. I am in awe of the cleanup efforts organized by our municipal and township leaders, EMS service providers, non-profits, and area volunteers. Enormous amounts of donations were collected, and our community came together in full strength to help our neighbors.
I felt fortunate to be able to lend a hand and speak to many residents who needed assistance. However, I know that many are still struggling, and that the effects of this storm will be felt for quite some time. With well over $100 million in reported damages, complete recovery is a work in progress. My office is currently fielding as many questions as possible, getting out to join cleanup and donation efforts, and continuing to share resource information as it is announced.
Below is a list of currently available resources. If you are able, please spread the word to those who do not currently have access to their homes or mailboxes to receive this publication. Resources will also be posted to my website and social media accounts.
Property damage reports should be filed with your county of residence. For forms, and most up to date county assistance, please head to www.chesco.org/4996/Ida OR www.montcopa.org/3878/Hurricane-Ida
Housing & Utilities
The Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program
Can be accessed by dialing 2-1-1, and press (2) for Homelessness and Housing Crisis. You will then be asked to select your county. After selecting your county, press (2) again for Emergency Assistance Program.
For more information and eligibility guidelines, please visit www.211SEPA.org.
Free Cleanup Assistance
SEPA VOAD (Southeastern PA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Please contact Co-Chair Julia Menzo at email@example.com or 267-464-7740 OR the general email inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Disaster Helpline
Provides 24/7, 365-days-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Please call 1-800-985-5990.
Teen Talk Line by Access Services
Allows teens to speak confidentially with peers of their own age. They are available by phone at 855-852-8336 or by text at 484-362-9515. If you are a teen experiencing a mental health crisis, please call Valley Creek Crisis Center at 610-280-3270.