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 7, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD - Maryland residents with questions about disaster assistance and unable to visit a disaster recovery center can call the disaster assistance helpline to get their questions answered. "For a number of reasons, many disaster victims can't get to the centers," said William Lokey, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official in charge of Maryland's disaster recovery. "The helpline provides them with the same service."
October 6, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD -- Volunteers are desperately needed to help disaster victims clean up after Hurricane Isabel. State and federal disaster officials are asking that individuals, work groups and skilled trades people contact the Donation and Volunteer Hotline at 1-877-868-4954 to offer their services. Some of the most urgent tasks requested are helping the elderly and others clean out, sanitize and salvage their flooded homes, and providing transportation to those who lost their vehicles in the storm.
October 3, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD - Federal and State disaster recovery officials urge owners of property damaged by flooding from Hurricane Isabel to begin the cleanup and repair process as soon as possible to prevent long-term damage to their structures. In large-scale disasters, such as this storm, work may need to start even before inspectors arrive.
October 2, 2003
News Release
Baltimore - Mold and mildew spores are everywhere, both indoors and out. When molds and mildews are present in large amounts, as they are during warm weather following storms and flooding such as Maryland experienced in Hurricane Isabel, their spores may cause allergic reactions in addition to damaging homes and household goods. You should be concerned about mold in your home if the mold contamination is extensive. Just about everyone will be affected if he or she breathes enough spores.
October 2, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD - Maryland residents who suffered losses from Hurricane Isabel don't have to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to register for state and federal disaster assistance. One phone call to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency registration line is all it takes. That number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. The deadline to apply for aid is November 18, 2003.
October 1, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), using a mission assignment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), funded the clean up of home heating-oil spills. In low-lying areas, Hurricane Isabel's surges of tidal water resulted in many heating-oil storage tanks tipping over and disconnecting.

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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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