HARRISBURG – Montgomery County Rep. Joe Ciresi introduced a bill establishing a State Emergency Supplemental Grant Program for disaster relief. Currently, PA residents rely on the Federal Emergency Management Agency for financial help to cover the cost of storm damage. Unfortunately, FEMA often can only cover a portion of the costs associated with damage deemed eligible for aid. In cases when only a state disaster declaration has been issued, PA residents are not eligible for FEMA aid. House Bill 2127 establishes a state emergency grant program which provides individuals who have maximized their federal assistance grants from FEMA with supplemental grants from the state to cover recovery costs. The grant program would be funded through a portion of the state’s liquor tax.

REP. JOE CIRESI