Maryland Hurricane Isabel (DR-1492)

Incident period: September 18, 2003 to September 29, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 19, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 23, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD -- Five Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will end operations this weekend, but state and federal officials want residents to know that help is still just a phone call away.
October 22, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD - Power outages caused by Hurricane Isabel affected every county of Maryland, and the City of Baltimore, requiring many people to seek temporary lodging in area hotels and motels that had power. Maryland residents who used temporary lodging because of the power outages that began September 18, 2003, may be eligible for reimbursement of their hotel or motel lodging expense. The ending dates will vary by county where applicant resided at time of the incident.
October 22, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Maryland will open additional Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Dorchester County. In an effort to provide assistance to Marylanders affected by Hurricane Isabel, the DRCs will open on Thursday, October 23 at 9:00 a.m. at: Lakes & Straits Volunteer Fire Department and Community Center 2103 Farm Creek Road Wingate, MD 21675
October 21, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD -- Travel trailers are now serving as temporary shelter for some Maryland families who've lost their homes due to Hurricane Isabel and have no other housing alternative. Disaster officials placed the residents, unable to live in their damaged homes, in the trailers because they had no options for alternate housing. The disaster temporary housing assistance program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides travel trailers only when other forms of alternate housing are not available.
October 18, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD -- Maryland residents have received just over $30 million in disaster aid in the four weeks since the state was declared a federal disaster area due to Hurricane Isabel. According to state and federal officials from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the money represents more than $16 million in housing assistance and $4.2 million in assistance for other needs such as medical expenses, personal property and transportation.
October 18, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD -- If you've received an SBA loan application packet, the process for providing federal disaster assistance is placed on hold until the completed packet is returned.

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge visits with homeowners in Bowleys Quarters, MD.The businesses and residents of Fells Point were severely flooded by Hurricane Isabel.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge visits with homeowners in Bowleys Quarters, MD. More than 1,300 homes in the Baltimore County area were damaged by Hurricane Isabel. Photo by Dave Saville/ FEMA News PhotoThe businesses and residents of Fells Point were severely flooded by Hurricane Isabel. FEMA News Photo/Liz Roll 


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