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 14, 2002
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."
May 13, 2002
Waldorf, MD -- Recovery officials called today for a total community effort to remove tornado debris from damaged areas and suggested ways businesses, homeowners, farmers and governments may speed this process. State Coordinating Officer Donald L. Keldsen of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says, "Speedy debris removal speeds recovery for all. The state, federal and local governments are concentrating considerable resources to accomplish this task."
May 9, 2002
Waldorf, MD -- Recovery officials today urged those affected by tornado damage not to wait for an insurance settlement or repair estimate before returning a U.S. Small Business Administration low interest disaster loan package. "That information can be supplied at a later date," said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
May 9, 2002
Waldorf, MD -- Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available to certain individuals in Calvert, Charles and Dorchester Counties who would otherwise be ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
May 8, 2002
Residents Not Fully Covered by Insurance for Tornado Damages May be Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance
Waldorf, MD -- Maryland and its communities now qualify for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency," according to Kimberly Golden, Maryland's Hazard Mitigation Officer. The grant program is available in the wake of the historic tornado damage of April 28 and the subsequent disaster declaration of President Bush.
May 7, 2002
Registration for Federal disaster assistance totals more than 200 for stricken residents and business owners in Charles, Calvert and Dorchester Counties as a result of the April 28 tornado. Registrations for disaster assistance are available by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For those who are hearing or speech impaired, the number is 1-800-462-7585. The call is free and recovery specialists can take registrations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.