Hurricane Ida caused a lot of damage to the city of Philadelphia. Keep reading on for resources that are available to homeowners including a SOSNA micro-grant to reimburse up to $500 in costs of repairs to damage caused by Ida.
SOSNA Hurricane Ida Micro-Grant
As part of our micro-grant initiative, SOSNA is offering reimbursement to community members who were impacted by Hurricane Ida up to $500. If you suffered damage or loss to your home, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 17th:
A brief description of the damage & address (must live within SOSNA boundaries)
A timestamped picture of the damage
Receipt(s) for your repairs
Grants will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.
Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania was approved by President Joe Biden for a Major Disaster Declaration following damage from Tropical Depression Ida.
Eligible residents and businesses can apply for financial assistance in their recovery in three ways:
Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
Over the phone 1-888-621-FEMA (3362)
In-person at at Disaster Recovery Center *to be announced
Please record you FEMA identification number. You will need it through your process.
The City urges all who were impacted by Ida to be prepared when applying for support and to continue documenting all storm-related damage and costs, including receipts, insurance denials, and photos of damage.
If individuals have submitted damage reports with the City through the online assessment tool, they will still need to begin a new case and file information with FEMA in accordance with its damage assessment requirements.
Stay connected to developments by texting STORMPHL to 888-777 to receive free alerts. Information will also be posted to the City’s information blog and the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Damage Assessment Survey
To help the City understand the extent of damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida and to see where resources and recovery assistance may be needed, we’re asking anyone impacted by this severe storm to answer a short survey and upload any photos they may have into our damage assessment tool.
If a tree falls and is blocking a road, or it has fallen on a house, car or other property, call 911. Emergency services will respond to make the location safe.
If the fallen tree is touching electrical wires, please call PECO at (800) 841-4141 to report.
For non-emergency tree requests contact Philly311. Non-emergencies include downed trees or branches that are not blocking a road or not on a house, car, or property, or when not touching electrical wires.
If a tree falls in an open area of a park, please contact Philly311 to report. 311 will send a service request to the Parks & Rec maintenance team to clear the fallen tree.
For emergencies involving park trees, please call 911. These emergencies would include park trees that have fallen onto playground equipment, cars, or the street.
Private property trees
Fallen trees on private property are the property owner’s responsibility to resolve. If a tree from a neighboring property has caused damage to your property, please seek legal counsel.