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04/12/2019

Wolf Administration and Local Leaders Discuss How Restore Pennsylvania will Benefit Disaster Survivors

Harrisburg, PA – Today in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Acting Director Randy Padfield was joined by officials from Lancaster County and Mount Joy Borough to discuss how Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan could help municipalities prevent storm damage before it occurs and would benefit disaster survivors when damages do not meet federally established thresholds for federal aid.

“Sudden flash flooding, like what we saw last year here in Lancaster County, can devastate entire communities,” Padfield said. “Because the localized impact of the incidents we’ve been experiencing makes it harder to meet federal thresholds for federal aid, Restore Pennsylvania would fill a critical gap in situations when no federal aid is available to assist those individuals most impacted by disasters.”

Restore Pennsylvania would invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects to rebuild Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. The program would establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses but are not eligible for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, or other programs.

“Our residents have experienced significant hardship over the last decade related to several major flooding events, and current programs available at the federal level could not offer the assistance needed,” said Mount Joy Borough Mayor Timothy D. Bradley Jr.  “Programs such as Restore Pennsylvania fill a vital gap and will aid local communities in mitigating against such disasters in the future.”

Governor Wolf’s proposal also would provide funding for municipalities to take steps to prevent flooding via streambank restoration, levees or floodwalls, and stream restoration and maintenance. Estimates show that every dollar spent on hazard mitigation efforts saves seven dollars in response and recovery operation costs.

Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth's vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. A detailed overview of the plan is available online.

More information about how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with specialized needs such as pets or access and functional needs, is available on the ReadyPA website.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Ruth A. Miller – ruthmiller@pa.gov

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