Friday, September 3, 2021
Dear Kennett Township Residents and Business Owners,
This has certainly been a crazy week. As the remnants of Ida tore through Chester County and the entire Northeast, I feel fortunate that here in Kennett Township, the Red Creek Clay did not cause the catastrophic flooding that our neighbors in Chadds Ford, Downingtown, and Coatesville are experiencing from the Brandywine. That said, I realize there may have been some businesses and homes here that did not escape unscathed. We are working with the Chester County Commissioners to help streamline potential future aid for you. Please be sure to share this with your neighbors as we know not everyone gets these emails yet, and some may still be experiencing interruptions in electric or internet.
We ask that you fully assess any damage done as this information is critical to meeting the criteria for a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration. Email my Executive Assistant, Gretchen, (email@example.com) to let us know of the damages that you would like to report to the Emergency Management Coordinator so she can document it. As you clean out, and await possible financial assistance, it is important that you document everything with photos of the damage and receipts for repairs/clean out. She will then coordinate with the County and keep you updated.
The Chester County Administrator also shared this information:
As we collect all the damage reports from the municipalities, we’ll be compiling this information and sharing it with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). Once PEMA has collected sufficient documentation, the Governor will submit a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration.
The Major Presidential Disaster Declaration will make available low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for businesses to make repairs and possibly cover operating losses due to the disaster. More information on the SBA program may be found here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
For additional resources on cleaning up after the flood, here is a link to the County’s Flood Recovery Guide.
If any businesses’ employees need housing in Chester County, they can call 2-1-1 and indicate they need housing services.
If your home suffered storm related damages, we are asking that you also let us know as well as there is a chance State and/or Federal funding will be made available to help you recoup your damages. Please email my Executive Assistant, Gretchen (firstname.lastname@example.org), so she can document them and coordinate with the County. As you clean out, and await possible financial assistance, it is important that you document everything with photos of the damage and receipts for repairs/clean out. She will then coordinate with the County and keep you updated.
Thank you all and I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend.
Eden R. Ratliff