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Philly offering disaster services for hurricane survivors

October 17, 2017

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management is helping hurricane victims from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands get back on their feet.

The temporary Disaster Assistance Services Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 167 W. Allegheny Ave.

Office of Emergency Management Public Information Manager Jeffrey Kolakowski said the center opened last week in response to people arriving in Philadelphia after being displaced by Hurricane Maria.

Three people showed up at the center the first day it opened. On Monday, 16 victims showed up in the first hour, and 56 people arrived by the end of the day.

To date, the center has helped 90 displaced hurricane victims from the Caribbean.

The Disaster Assistance Service Center is offering to help individuals register with FEMA to receive monetary assistance.

The center is also offering short- and long-term housing for victims of the natural disasters.

“No food. No water. The damage is just too bad for the people in Puerto Rico,” said Willie Vera, who came to Philadelphia after surviving Hurricane Maria. Vera found the center with the help of his daughter.

Anyone affected by the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can seek help at the service center by calling 1-877-796-1504, ext. 120.

For additional information about how to receive or give assistance, visit www.Phila.gov/ready.