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
Communities can plan for future tornadoes through promoting sustainable construction and tornado-resistant communities, according to state and federal recovery officials. "Mitigation is achieved when a community actively seeks and applies methods and approaches that lessen the degree of damage, injuries and loss of life that may be sustained from tornadoes," Tom Davies, federal coordinating officer, said. "There are several ways to reduce the effects of tornadoes, including:
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.