Rep. Barletta: How flood victims can get help

Sep 13, 2011
Press Release

HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, said that now that President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for Tropical Storm Lee, flood victims have new ways to report damage.

Rep. Barletta strongly encourages his constituents to report damage as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.

Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at or by calling 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 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every dayuntil further notice.  Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, permanent address, phone number), insurance coverage, and other information to help substantiate losses.

Rep. Barletta’s staff remains at his Constituent Recovery Centers to talk with residents, business owners, and elected officials to answer questions about the federal response to the historic flooding.

Those locations are:

  • Duryea Borough Building, 315 Main Street, Duryea
  • West Pittston Police Department/Borough Building, 555 Exeter Avenue, West Pittston
  • Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center, 240 Market Street, Bloomsburg
  • Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre (for business inquiries)