President Bush has answered Governor Ed Rendell`s request for financial assistance. So far, 19 counties in Pennsylvania have been declared disaster areas. Eight of them are in our area... including Centre, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northampton, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. More could be added. For more information on how to apply for federal assistance you can call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.