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 …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
If you're car shopping, you'll want to be on the look out for vehicles that saw the worst of Hurricane Sandy.
Information provided by AAA: Thousands of vehicles were damaged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but not all were total losses. AAA Mid-Atlantic warns potential car buyers that flood-damaged vehicles may soon be making their way to used car dealers throughout our region and across the country for resale. “If you’re looking at buying a used car, inspect it carefully for food damage. Also, you should research the car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) prior to purchase, and be sure to contact your insurance company before purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle,” advises Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Flood-damaged vehicles can be shipped anywhere for resale, and they often continue to …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Work continues to restore the township to pre-storm conditions.
Three of Lower Merion's top public safety officials addressed the Board of Commissioners Monday night to recap the response to Hurricane Sandy and describe ongoing efforts to alleviate the storm's effects. Police Superintendent Michael McGrath said officers got 1,800 calls Oct. 29-Oct. 31 and were dispatched to 864 incidents; a normal three-day period would see about 300, the superintendent estimated. At least 155 road blockages were caused by downed trees, wires or both. Twenty-five traffic signals went out, McGrath said. Fire Chief Chas McGarvey said firefighters went to 98 calls for service, including gas leaks and at least eight trees that had fallen on houses. Public works director Don Cannon said he still has employees working …
Hurricane Sandy has caused severe damage to many local businesses. if you're a small business owner, here's some helpful advice for how to recover.
1) File insurance claims as soon as possible, if you haven't already done so. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners offers important advice and tips for filing your claim. The National Flood Insurance Program also provides information on filing a flood insurance claim. 2) The Small Business Administration offers several low-interest, long-term disaster loans to small businesses in declared disaster areas, including business physical disaster loans and economic injury disaster loans. You can apply for loans up to $2 million for both uninsured and underinsured damages. You can apply directly online. Once submitted, the SBA will send an inspector to estimate the cost of damage. 3) Apply for tax relief if needed, which will allow…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Find out where locally you can drop off items to go to Hurricane Sandy victims.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Employees help out, and you can, too.
It's been said it's far better to have a neighbor who's near, than a brother who's far away, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Americans across the nation have proven to be the best neighbors and the strongest of families. This past weekend, AOL and Patch employees took an opportunity to pitch in, packing two tractor trailers worth of food, water and supplies in Dulles, VA, and Baltimore. The donations are headed to Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island. Want to join the relief efforts? Click here to donate: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol "When a catastrophe of this size hits, we all feel it, both the hundreds of us who live in the impacted towns, and our colleagues who are watching and wishing they could …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Find out what's been going on around the region this week that you might have missed.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Thousands still lacked electricity more than two days after the hurricane.
Lower Merion Township's last report on Thursday had about 2,600 buildings still without electricity from Hurricane Sandy's destruction earlier in the week. That amounts to more than 10 percent of the township. Since the storm hit, Patch readers who've lost power have conveyed their experiences in comments on articles and emails to editors. Read theirs here, and add yours in the comments section. Jamie Moss, Penn Valley resident and Prudential Realtor with clients throughout the Main Line, sent this to Patch about 12:45 Thursday: My week without power has been extremely challenging due to the fact I have an elderly dog. Monday all was fine, we heard the wind and watched the rain. Monday about 2 a.m. the power went out. Now being a nervous …
Power is out at the high school.
UPDATE 8 p.m. Thursday: Lower Merion School District announced power had been restored to Cynwyd and Penn Valley elementary schools and to Bala Cynwyd Middle School, allowing them to open for classes on Friday. Earlier Thursday, the district had planned to close the schools, along with Harriton High School, on Friday. Harriton will remained closed, the district confirmed Thursday night; power has not been restored there. The district posted the following notice about 4 p.m. Thursday: The following schools will be OPEN and operating on a normal schedule tomorrow: Belmont Hills, Gladwyne, Lower Merion, Merion, Penn Wynne, Welsh Valley As of 4 PM, the following schools are CLOSED tomorrow: Bala Cynwyd, Cynwyd, Harriton, Penn Valley. If a …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The event occurred just before 11 a.m. on Thursday.
A dog was electrocuted by a downed wire on Thursday morning on Mayflower Lane in Wynnewood, according to Chief Fire Officer Chas McGarvey. The dog escaped from the house, came in contact with a power line that was down from the storm and was electrocuted, McGarvey said. The dog’s owner and her two children had gone looking for the dog in the yard, McGarvey said, and once they spotted it, the two children began running toward the dog. Luckily, McGarvey said, the mother was able to grab her children before they got near to the animal. “We got very close to having two dead children, but the mother was quick enough in her actions to prevent that,” McGarvey said. As of 12:30 p.m., PECO is on scene working to clear the wire, McGarvey said.