Newton Township Residents- PLEASE READ
Yesterday, the Township Supervisors participated in a meeting with Lackawanna Emergency Management Agency. The Emergency Management Agency is responsible for the judicious planning, assignment, and coordination of all available resources in an integrated program of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for emergencies of any kind, whether from enemy attack, man-made or natural resources. During this meeting, discussion took place regarding Individual Assistance Programs. In the event of a Presidential Declaration of Major Disaster, the Individual Assistance program provides help for individuals, businesses, homeowners, and renters as they recover from disasters. These programs are largely funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), although other federal, state, and local agencies support the overall Individual Assistance program.
To learn more about this possible program being available to residents, please visit https://www.pema.pa.gov/…/Individual…/Pages/default.aspx
Please note, that Newton Township, along with all agencies in Pennsylvania will be working tirelessly to fight for the Individual Assistance program. However, nothing is guaranteed, and it will take time for this to be sorted out. In the meantime, we highly recommend that residents of Newton Township document everything associated with storm damage. This includes pictures, record keeping, receipts, etc. Residents should keep detailed information on all damage and repairs so information is ready when needed. Over the next few days, the township will continue to assess damage throughout our municipality. We are asking residents not to call the township office as we are still collecting more information on how to proceed.
What we are beginning to collect is basic information from residents in Newton township who have been affected by the storm. If a resident has property, home or any damages related to the storm please provide the following information to the township via an email. This does include renter’s. If you are unable to send information via email, you may stop in the township building and provide the information to the township secretary. The following information is being requested at this time:
ALL INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE SUBMITTED BY 12 P.M. FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15
Name, Address of property/Home, Email address, Phone # and Damage
Please email all information to:
Subject line of email: RESIDENT STORM DAMAGE
In the email body: Name, address, phone #, email address
Please indicate the damage using the information in the photo (Affected, Minor, Major, Destroyed). NOTE: There are 2 separate classifications, Conventionally Built & Manufactured.
At this time, cost estimates and specific damages are not needed but be sure you keep that information in your records. Once the township gathers all the information, we will submit it to the proper agencies.
Chairman, Newton Township board of supervisors