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Wildfire Vigilance Especially Needed at This Time
DCNR statistics show nearly 85 percent of Pennsylvania’s wildfires occur in March, April and May, before greening of state woodlands and brushy areas.
In 2019, more than 500 wildfires burned 688 acres in Pennsylvania, destroyed 14 structures and caused three injuries. Human carelessness with outdoor fires continued to lead the list of causes of wildfires across the state. Burning debris is the leading cause.
Fighting wildfires is dangerous. Related injuries would add challenges to already taxed first-responders and medical facilities.
Amid COVID-19 precautions and staffing restraints, the Bureau of Forestry’s wildfire fighting force is ready to meet any wildfire threats in the days ahead, but the help of all Pennsylvanians is needed. Property owners, anglers, hunters and others are urged to observe wildfire prevention vigilance throughout the state.
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- Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 756 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 4,843
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- Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 531 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 2,218
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- Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 207 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 851
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- Wolf Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians of Food Assistance Programs and Resources, Encourages Volunteerism to Keep Life-Sustaining Food Services Available
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Gov. Wolf: Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Facing Losses Related to COVID-19
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
“We are incredibly grateful that the SBA recognized the urgency of this situation and granted our request so quickly,” said Gov. Wolf. “I encourage our businesses and non-profits to look at the SBA resources available to them and take advantage of this opportunity for financial assistance during this time of uncertainty.
“Thank you also to members of our congressional delegation, including Representatives Glenn Thompson, Chrissy Houlahan, and John Joyce for their assistance in expediting our request.”
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
Businesses may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Dec. 21, 2020.
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Three Ways to Share Information on COVID-19
As we continue respond to COVID-19 across the Mid-Atlantic, we need help to get critical, lifesaving information out to the public to help everyone continue to stay safe and connected to the latest information. You can take steps now to help amplify and share the critical information.
1. Follow and reshare CDC and your State’s Department of Health social media accounts on your platforms.
2. Post Graphics and Videos
The Ad Council, in partnership with the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed materials to help inform Americans about the steps they can take to protect themselves and prevent the spread of coronavirus. Materials induce messaging, graphics, and scripts for easy use.
Sample Social Media Posts and Graphics YOU can post TODAY to help:
· If are 65 and older, you are at higher risk for coronavirus. Learn how you can take steps to protect yourself and help stop the spread at Coronavirus.gov
· Are you over 65 years old? You are at higher risk for coronavirus. Learn how you can take steps to protect yourself and help stop the spread at Coronavirus.gov
· Did you know that adults 65 and older are at higher risk for coronavirus? Visit Coronavirus.gov to learn more.
3. Encourage your partners to take actions and help spread the word.
For more information on COVID-19 please visit:
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If your job has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Compensation benefits.
Please read this release from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry:
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