Pennsylvania Disaster History

1954-1998
(includes only declared disasters)
Date Type of Disaster Affected Areas Code*
OCT 1954 Flood (Hazel) Southwestern counties Pres/MD
AUG 1955 Flood (Diane) Northeastern counties Pres/MD
MAR 1956 Flood Warren, Venango Pres/MD
MAY 1956 Flood Western counties Pres/MD - Gov
AUG 1956 Flood Beaver, Greene, Washington, Pres/MD
FEB 1958 Heavy Snow Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, York, City of Philadelphia Gov
JAN 1959 Mine Flood Luzerne (Pittston) Pres/MD - Gov
AUG 1962 Refuse Bank Fire Luzerne (Plymouth) Gov
MAR 1963 Ice Jam Susquehanna-Juniata Rivers Gov
AUG 1963 Violent Wind Allegheny Gov
SEP 1963 Drought Numerous Communities Statewide Gov
MAR 1964 Flood Allegheny River, W. Branch Susquehanna River Gov
AUG 1965 Drought Delaware River Basin Pres/MD - Gov
JAN 1966 Heavy Snow Statewide Gov
AUG 1967 Flash Flood Northampton None
JUL 1969 Flash Flood Monroe None
AUG 1969 Flood Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill Pres/MD
MAR 1971 Drought Allegheny Gov
MAR 1971 Land Subsidence Beaver Gov
SEP 1971 Flood Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia Pres/MD - Gov
FEB 1972 Heavy Snow Statewide Gov
JUN 1972 Flood (Agnes) All 67 counties Pres/MD - Gov; SBA - PDL & EIDL
SEP 1972 Flood Indiana Pres/MD
NOV 1972 Flood Erie None
NOV 1972 Flood Bucks None
DEC 1972 Flood Westmoreland None
DEC 1972 Steam Heat Problem Philadelphia (Lower Merion) Gov
JUL 1973 Flood Berks, Bucks, Chester, Columbia, Delaware, Lancaster, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Wayne Pres/MD
SEP 1973 Flood Washington None
DEC 1973 Flood Montgomery None
JAN 1974 Flood Allegheny, Fayette, Lawrence None
FEB 1974 Truckers Strike Statewide Gov
APR 1974 Flood Erie, Lawrence None
MAY 1974 Flood Crawford, Erie None
JUL 1974 Flood Western and Northern Central Counties Gov
JUL 1974 Flash Flood Fulton (Ft. Littleton Scout Camp) None
JUL 1974 Windstorm Mifflin None
AUG 1974 Flash Flood Westmoreland None
AUG 1974 Flood Jefferson, Westmoreland None
SEP 1974 Flood Indiana, Jefferson, Sullivan None
DEC 1974 Heavy Snow/ Power Outage Southwestern Counties Gov
MAR 1975 Tornado Beaver None
APR 1975 High Winds Statewide None
SEP 1975 Flood (Eloise) Adams, Berks, Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Col., Cumb., Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lack., Lancaster, Leb., Luz., Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northampton, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sull., Sus., Tioga, Union, Wayne, W., York Pres/MD - Gov; SBA - PDL & EIDL
MAR 1976 Heavy Rain/Ice Erie Gov
MAR 1976 Tornado York None
MAY 1976 Fire Allegheny (McKeesport) Gov
JUL 1976 Flood Armstrong, Tioga, and Wayne Gov
JUL 1976 Flood Tioga Pres/MD - Gov
JUL 1976 High Winds/ Flooding Jefferson, Westmoreland Gov
JUL 1976 Tornado Lycoming None
OCT 1976 Flood Adams, Bradford, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, York Pres/MD - Gov
JAN 1977 Gas Shortage/ Severe Winter Weather Beaver, Cambria, Carbon, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Luzerne, Mercer, Potter, Schuylkill, Somerset, Tioga, Venango, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland Pres/E - Gov
APR 1977 Tornado Dauphin None
JUN 1977 Tornado Armstrong None
JUL 1977 Flash Flood Allegheny, Snyder, Warren, None
JUL 1977 Flash Flood Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield, Crawford,Indiana, Jefferson, Somerset, Westmoreland Pres/MD - Gov
JUL 1977 Flood Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana, Jefferson, Somerset, Westmoreland SBA - PDL & EIDL
SEP 1977 Tornado Erie (Lake City) None
SEP 1977 Tornado Erie (Washington Township) None
JAN 1978 Heavy Snow All 67 Counties Gov
JAN 1978 Flood Bradford, Lancaster, Northumberland None
FEB 1978 Blizzard All 67 Counties Gov
APR 1978 Fire Monroe (East Stroudsburg) None
JUL 1978 High Winds Armstrong, Clarion, Jefferson None
DEC 1978 Fire Delaware (Morton) None
JAN 1979 Flood Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mifflin, Montgomery None
FEB 1979 Fire Warren (Tidioute) None
MAR 1979 Fire Lycoming (Williamsport) None
MAR 1979 Nuclear Facility Incident (TMI) Dauphin, Lancaster, York, Cumberland, Perry, Lebanon None
JUL 1979 Flood Bucks None
JUN 1980 Tornado Armstrong, Westmoreland Pres/E - Gov
JUN 1980 Fire Indiana (Indiana Borough) None
JUN 1980 High Winds/Hail York None
AUG 1980 Flash Flood Armstrong, Butler, Clarion Pres/MD-Gov
AUG 1980 Flash Flood Allegheny None
NOV 1980 Drought Emergency Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Wayne, plus 34 Central/ Eastern Counties Gov
JAN 1981 Fire Washington (Charleroi) SBA
FEB 1981 Flash Flood Pike (Matamoras) SBA
FEB 1981 Flash Flood/ Ice Jam Venango (Oil City) SBA
JUN 1981 Flash Flood Venango, Clarion, Mercer, Jefferson, Crawford Pres/MD - Gov
FEB 1982 Flash Flood/ Ice Jam Venango (Oil City) SBA
AUG 1984 Flood Armstrong, Allegheny, McKean, Westmoreland, Bedford, Blair, Somerset Pres/MD
MAY 1985 Tornado Erie, Crawford, Warren, McKean, Mercer, Venango, Forest, Butler, Beaver, Clearfield, Lycoming, Union, Northumberland Pres/MD - Gov; SBA - PDL & EIDL
SEP 1985 Flood Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, Carbon Pres/MD - Gov
SEP 1985 Flood Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Wayne, Wyoming, Susquehanna SBA - PDL & EIDL
NOV 1985 Flood Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland Pres/MD - Gov; SBA - PDL & EIDL
NOV 1985 Flash Flood Fayette, Greene, Westmoreland SBA - PDL & EIDL
MAY 1986 Flood Allegheny Pres/MD - Gov; SBA - PDL & EIDL
JULY 1986 Flood Lancaster SBA - PDL & EIDL
JUL 1986 Subsidence Philadelphia SBA - Declined
JUN 1987 Fire Bucks SBA - PDL & EIDL
SEP 1987 Flood Berks, Lehigh, Northampton SBA - PDL & EIDL
DEC 1987 Fire Lycoming SBA - PDL & EIDL
JAN 1988 Fire Luzerne SBA - PDL & EIDL
JAN 1988 Oil Spill Allegheny, Beaver, Washington Gov
DEC 1988 Fire Bucks SBA - PDL & EIDL
FEB 1989 Fire Chester SBA - PDL & EIDL
MAR 1989 Fire Montgomery SBA - PDL & EIDL
JULY 1989 Flood Chester, Delaware SBA - PDL & EIDL
SEP 1989 Flood Berks, Carbon, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton SBA - PDL & EIDL
JAN 1990 Fire Dauphin SBA - PDL & EIDL
APR 1990 Petroleum Spill Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler Gov
MAY 1990 Fire Bucks SBA - PDL & EIDL
JUN 1991 Fire Dauphin SBA - PDL & EIDL
JUL 1991 Drought 39 counties Gov
AUG 1991 Flash Flood Delaware SBA - PDL & EIDL
MAR 1992 Fire Clearfield SBA - EIDL
JUN 1992 Fire Bucks SBA - EIDL
JUL 1992 Fire Philadelphia SBA - PDL & EIDL
JUL 1992 Flood Warren SBA - PDL & EIDL
AUG 1992 Fire Chester SBA - PDL & EIDL
JAN 1993 Fire Allegheny SBA - PDL & EIDL
FEB 1993 Fire Bucks SBA - PDL & EIDL
MAR 1993 Blizzard All 67 Counties Gov & Pres/E; SBA - EIDL
MAR 1993 Fire Philadelphia SBA - PDL & EIDL
APR 1993 Flash Flood Wyoming SBA - PDL & EIDL
AUG 1993 Flash Flood Bucks SBA - PDL & EIDL
DEC 1993 Fire Cumberland SBA - EIDL
JAN 1994 Severe Winter Storms All 67 Counties Gov & Pres/MD; Centre County - SBA - EIDL
JUL 1994 Flood Philadelphia SBA - PDL & EIDL
AUG 1994 Flooding Bradford, Lycoming, Tioga Counties Gov; SBA - PDL & EIDL
SEP 1994 Airplane Crash Allegheny, Beaver Counties Gov
DEC 1994 Fire Blair SBA - EIDL
SEP 1995 Drought 32 counties Gov
MAR 1995 Fire Montgomery SBA - PDL & EIDL
OCT 1995 Fire Monroe SBA - PDL & EIDL
JAN 1996 Severe Winter Storms 57 - public assistance; all 67 counties declared for individual assistance Gov and/or Pres/MD
JAN 1996 Fire Bucks SBA - PDL & EIDL
JAN 1996 Flooding All 67 Counties SBA - PDL & EIDL
MAR 1996 Highway Bridge (I-95) Destruction Philadelphia Gov
JUN 1996 Flooding Adams, Beaver, Bedford, Bucks, Franklin SBA - PDL & EIDL
JUN 1996 Flooding Adams, Beaver, Bedford, Bucks, Cambria, Crawford, Franklin and Huntingdon Counties Gov and/or Pres/MD
JUL 1996 Flooding Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Mercer and Venango Counties Gov and/or Pres/MD; SBA - PDL & EIDL
SEP 1996 Flooding Cumberland, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Montgomery and Perry Counties Gov/Pres/MD; SBA - PDL & EIDL
SEP 1996 Flooding Erie SBA - PDL & EIDL
NOV 1996 Flooding Tioga County Gov/Pres/MD
JAN 1997 Fire Allegheny SBA - EIDL
MAR 1997 Tire Fire Washington County Gov
APR 1997 Snowstorm Carbon, Chester, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill & Wayne Counties Gov
JUL 1997 Flooding Allegheny SBA - EIDL
JAN 1998 Fire Philadelphia SBA - PDL & EIDL

* Code Descriptions:
Gov - Governor's Proclamation of Extreme Emergency or Declaration of Disaster Emergency (after 11/26/78)
Pres/MD - President's Declaration of Major Disaster
Pres/E - President's Declaration of Emergency
SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Authorization
PDL - Physical Disaster Loans (for homeowners, busniesses, renters, etc. to replace structural and personal contents)
EIDL - Economic Injury Disaster Loans (for small businesses to help keep their ubsinesses going; doesn’t involve replacing their structure)

 Data provided by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)