Friday, January 18, 2013
Municipalities, hospitals, school districts and some nonprofits can apply for aid.
The following information comes from Montgomery County government: The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has notified Montgomery County Department of Public Safety that Montgomery County has been added to the major disaster declaration (DR-4099) related to Hurricane Sandy, for Public Assistance. Montgomery County has exceeded its $2.65 million threshold of damage and costs associated with the late October storm. The Public Assistance Program provides federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures (overtime and contracted services), and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged public property. The PA Program, is based on a partnership between FEMA, State, and local …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Know what to do in the aftermath of the epic storm.
The historic Hurricane Sandy has blown through the northeast U.S., with flooding rains and devastating winds, leaving a wide swath of destruction in her wake. In the days following the epic storm, we're assessing the damage and beginning clean-up efforts. If you live in one of the harder-hit areas, you may be feeling overwhelmed and not know where to start. And you may need some guidance on picking up the pieces safely. First and foremost, in your haste to return to life as "normal," don't forget to be cautious and careful. If you were forced to evacuate and return to find your home damaged, don't go inside before determining that the structure is safe and sound. You should also have the property checked by a professional, to look for gas …
The insurance company's mobile claim center will be stationed at the Home Depot in King of Prussia through the weekend to help homeowners wade through the claims process.
Allstate is going mobile. The insurance company has deployed mobile claims centers across the Northeast to help customers file claims for damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. In our area, Allstate's mobile claim center is spending the weekend camped out at the Home Depot, 181 South Gulph Road in King of Prussia. The claim center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and customers can talk to catastrophe personnel, get answers to claim questions and file a claim against their Allstate policy. What's more, you don't have to be an Allstate customer to confer with the specialists. While they can't start a claim for another insurance carrier, Allstate representatives can advise you on your policy and help you navigate the complex …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Governor Tom Corbett advised insurance companies that deductibles, which can be up to five percent of the insured value of a home, should not be applied to any Hurricane Sandy homeowner insurance claims.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Below is a press release from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department: Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Pennsylvania homeowners will not have to pay hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. “Insurance deductibles could have added significant costs to Pennsylvanians already struggling to clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy,” Corbett said. “Insurance companies have deployed catastrophe teams to Pennsylvania and they have been advised that hurricane deductibles should not be applied to any homeowner’s insurance claims.” Some homeowner’s insurance policies for properties in Pennsylvania have special “hurricane,” “tropical storm” or “named storm” deductibles based on a…
Drivers licenses, safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31 have been extended until Nov. 15
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Information provided by PennDOT: Because of the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today announced that effective today, PennDOT has authorized an extension of the expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver licenses, identification cards and vehicle inspections/registrations. The expiration date for vehicle registrations and safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012. The expiration date for driver licenses and identification cards scheduled to expire between Oct. 26, 2012, and Nov. 15, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012. These extensions apply for customers statewide. For more information on driver licensing or motor vehicle …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Chester County is working to connect people with storm-related emergency needs to organizations that may be able to help.
This press release was sent out by the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Chester County Emergency Management officials encourage residents with property damage to contact their local municipality or the Chester County Department of Emergency Services at 610-344-4335, to report the damage. It is recommended that photographs be taken and documented before clean up/repairs begin. In addition, County Emergency Management officials want residents with storm related needs to connect with community and faith-based organizations within the region that may be able to help with those needs. To streamline the process, the attached form was developed to allow residents to ask for this help.The form …
Tuesday's deadline pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy.
Congratulations, there is a silver lining. Hurricane Sandy has pushed back the clocks, at least when it comes to the state's absentee voters. According to reports on philly.com, Gov. Tom Corbett has extended the deadline for Pennsylvania's absentee voters to get in their votes. Originally set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, the new timed deadline is now pushed back to Thursday at 5 p.m. Corbett gave voters each day back that the county offices were closed due to Hurricane Sandy. In order to file for an absentee vote, a voter must show up in person at the county's election offices. Those in Montgomery County should visit the County Courthouse in Norristown. The absentee application is available by clicking here. It will download as a pdf file, so you …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Here are some photos from around the Spring-Ford area.
All in all, despite heavy rain and very high-speed winds, the Spring-Ford area seemed to come through the other side of Hurricane Sandy in fairly good shape. Limerick's police chief, William Albany, told Patch today that there were some areas that the township is very concerned about, particularly on the northern side of the township around Steinmetz, Laver and Kurtz Roads. As of midday, the township had asked PECO to prioritize getting into that area because there were people trapped in their homes with no way to evacuate. Otherwise, PECO and township public works staff are working very hard to get power back on and damage cleaned up. Royersford Borough Manager Michael Leonard said that the borough had gotten very lucky. The river did …
Non-Comcast customers will be able to use the wireless provider's Wifi hotspots for free through next week.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
To help residents and emergency personnel cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Comcast is opening up its Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey to anyone who needs them–including non-Comcast customers. Comcast owns and operates thousands of WiFi hotspots in the Philadelphia region and in New Jersey that are typically only available to its customers. To use a hotspot, search for the “xfinitywifi” network name. Non-customers or those who do not have their log-in credentials can click on the “Not a Comcast subscriber?” link at the bottom of the Sign-In page. Then select the “Complimentary Trial Session” option from the drop down list. Users will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every two hours through…
At a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said the worst of Hurricane Sandy is over, but there are 1.3 million without power and two deaths.
“You could say we dodged a bullet,” said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett at a 9 a.m. press conference. “We don’t have a shore line, so New Jersey and New York got it worse.” However, as of this morning, there are 1.3 million homes without power around Southeastern Pennsylvania after Hurricane Sandy hit land last night. "If you're one of those without power," Corbett said, "you probably don't feel like you dodged a bullet." State officials urge patience. All utility companies have brought in crews from other states to get the grid up and running. And there are nearly 700 active emergency shelters in operation now. Corbett also said two people were killed in Pennsylvania Monday — an 8-year-old boy in Susquehanna County and a 62-year-old …