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 1, 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 a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Harford County. In an effort to speed the recovery process for Maryland residents affected by Hurricane Isabel, the DRC will open on Thursday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. and will be located at: Harford County Aberdeen Fire Company 1437 Perryman Road Aberdeen, MD 21001 After opening at 1 p.m. Thursday, operating hours will be:
September 29, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD - Chain saws are wonderful laborsaving tools for cleaning up fallen trees and other debris following a disaster. They also are dangerous if not used properly and with caution. Chain saws can quickly cause severe injury or even death. If you are not familiar with chain-saw techniques, saw maintenance and operation, read the owner's manual, consult an expert or more detailed publication, or ask a dealer for more information.
September 29, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD - Some Marylanders have experienced telephone difficulties when trying to register for disaster assistance. State and federal disaster officials encourage everyone to be patient and persistent. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration number for disaster assistance is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY: 1-800-462-7585. It is available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight until further notice. The deadline to register is November 18, 2003.
September 27, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD -- "Even though valuables and family heirlooms have been damaged by the recent storms, they can sometimes be saved if certain procedures are followed," says William Lokey, federal coordinating officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Maryland. FEMA has obtained recommendations from the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (NIC) for the recovery of water-damaged belongings.
September 27, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD - With more than $4.3 million in federal and state disaster assistance already reaching families affected by Hurricane Isabel, officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) continue to urge affected residents to register for help. Here is a rundown of the response and recovery activity in the week since President Bush declared the state eligible for federal disaster assistance.
September 26, 2003
News Release
Baltimore, MD -- The correct telephone number for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Disaster Helpline is 1-800-659-2955. Federal and state disaster recovery officials have learned that approximately 5,000 flyers containing a typographical error resulting in an incorrect telephone number have been distributed to the public. All of the flyers affected were printed on blue and green paper. Please disregard the phone number shown in any blue or green flyer and use the correct number, above, to contact the SBA.

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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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