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04/24/2019

Wolf Administration and Delaware County Officials Discuss How Restore Pennsylvania will Benefit Disaster Survivors

​Harrisburg, PA – Today in Delaware County, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Acting Director Randy Padfield was joined by officials from Delaware County and Darby Borough to discuss how Governor Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan would benefit disaster survivors when damages do not meet federally established thresholds for federal aid. The governor visited Delaware County after flooding left substantial damage to the community in 2018.

“2018 was a difficult year as an emergency manager, knowing not only that severe storms and flooding caused widespread devastation but also that in most cases, federal funding would not be available to survivors,” Padfield said. “Restore Pennsylvania would provide a level of aid that otherwise would not be available when we don’t meet federal thresholds for financial assistance.”

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.

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, including widening access to high speed internet and reducing blight. 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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