Maryland Tornado (DR-1409)

Incident period: April 28, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 1, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 17, 2002
News Release
Waldorf, MD -- In a time of disaster fraud occurs, and citizens should take the proper precautions to protect themselves and their businesses, said Charles County Sheriff Frederick E. Davis today. "Residents and members of our business community can take steps to protect themselves and avoid fraud when hiring contractors to clean property, remove debris or make repairs," he explained.
May 17, 2002
News Release
Waldorf, MD -- People and businesses damaged by the April 28 tornado may be eligible for immediate tax refunds, if the taxpayer files an amended return for 2001. The U. S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a variety of assistance to disaster survivors and may allow casualty losses that were suffered on real property, home personal property and household goods to be deducted on the income tax return if they are not covered by insurance.
May 17, 2002
News Release
Waldorf, MD -- Under the Public Assistance Program requested by Governor Parris N. Glendening and declared by President Bush, certain private non-profit organizations which perform emergency services or had facilities damaged in Calvert and Charles counties may be eligible for federal disaster assistance as a result of the tornado damage of April 28. June 5 is the deadline for submitting a Request for Public Assistance.
May 16, 2002
News Release
Waldorf, MD -- "A grant program for tornado affected residents declined for a U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low interest disaster loan is now available," said State Coordinating Officer Donald L. Keldsen, acting director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). "The Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG) helps those least able to recover from the effects of a disaster, people who find all other recovery resources unavailable to meet essential and necessary unmet needs," he said.
May 15, 2002
News Release
Waldorf, MD -- "A simple call to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can make all the difference to renters and homeowners who suffered damage as a result of the tornado," says Federal Coordinating Officer, Tom Davies. Grants and loans can be a bridge until residents can get back into their homes following a disaster. Residents of Charles, Calvert, and Dorchester counties should call FEMA's toll free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) if their residence is unlivable because of the disaster-related conditions.
May 14, 2002
News Release
Waldorf, MD -- Two weeks after President Bush declared Calvert, Charles and Dorchester counties federal disaster areas as a result of April 28 tornado damage, state and federal response and recovery efforts are moving on a broad front to help restore affected communities. "Helping affected families, businesses and communities clean up and recover are key priorities," said State Coordinating Officer Donald L. Keldsen of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). "We have made a good beginning. Much work remains to be done."

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