Wyoming County EMA Issues Statement
Wyoming County EMA wants all residents affected by flooding there to be aware that President Obama’s inclusion of the county in his Sept. 12 Federal Disaster Declaration means that those who have suffered personal and property loss due to flooding may be eligible for federal recovery funds.
A Disaster Recovery Center has been opened at the Tunkhannock Area Administration Office at 41 Philadelphia Street. The site will serve as a point of distribution for basic supplies, as an information center to direct residents to recovery resources available to them, and as the local headquarters for FEMA officials.
Flood victims who wish to speak with FEMA representatives are encouraged to register with the agency prior to going to the center via phone or internet to receive an ID number that will reportedly make the rest of the process go more efficiently.
All residents who have experienced property or other personal losses due to recent flooding should call 800-621-FEMA (3362), log on to www.DisasterAssistance.gov online, or access m.fema.gov via a web-enabled mobile device as soon as possible. Flood victims with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
County officials encourage residents to be aware that items removed from flood-damaged homes may be mistaken for garbage and picked up accidentally through the course of mass cleanup efforts. Items intended to be kept should be placed as far from the curb as possible.
Residents should be cautious regarding offers for construction, repairs, or assistance from companies or individuals not known to them and to not hesitate to ask for identification and credentials.
In addition to the recovery center on Elm Street, the following sites have been designated as points of distribution for drinking water, disinfecting bleach, and cleanup kits: the former KenMar building in Meshoppen, the Falls Fire Department building in Exeter Township, the Mehoopany Fire Station, the Goodwill Fire Company in Laceyville, and Wyoming County Emergency Management building at 3880 Route 6, Tunkhannock.
At this time, the Pennsylvania Department of Health does not recommend mass vaccinations of individuals in flood zones, but the agency does encourage anyone who has a wound that has come into contact with potentially contaminated floodwater or mud should contact a health care provider for a tetanus booster shot.
Well-water test kits should be available at Wyoming County EMA from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at the Wyoming County Conservation District Office at 21 Hollowcrest Road, Tunkhannock, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kits should be returned to the conservation office, regardless of where they are picked up. Well-disinfectant information can be found online at www.wycopa.org.
The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers. For more information, readers may call 570-836-2626. Mental health counseling is available through Wyoming County EMA by calling 570-836-2828 or 836-3399.
The county-wide travel band has been lifted, though motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution and patience when driving on roads that may have soft or nonexistent shoulders and rough spots where partial washouts have occurred.
General information for Wyoming County residents is available at 570-833-3399.