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District of Columbia (DC) Hurricane Isabel (DR-1493)

Incident period: September 18, 2003 to September 29, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 20, 2003


November 12, 2003 - News Release

Philadelphia, PA -- Residents and business owners who suffered losses or damages in Washington, D.C., as a result of Hurricane Isabel have a week left to apply for disaster assistance. Nov. 19 is the deadline under President Bush's disaster declaration for those affected by the hurricane in September. Those who still need to apply for assistance may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). There is a TTY number - 1-800-462-7585 - for applicants who are speech or hearing impaired.

October 20, 2003 - News Release

Washington, DC - Those who suffered losses or damages in the District of Columbia as a result of Hurricane Isabel and who live or have a business in the areas declared disaster areas by President Bush under the Sept. 20 disaster declaration, have one month left to apply for disaster assistance. The deadline for individuals and businesses to register for assistance is Nov. 19.

October 20, 2003 - News Release

Washington, DC -- Hundreds of trees took a pounding when Hurricane Isabel's fierce winds and heavy rain descended on the District of Columbia last month. Fallen and uprooted trees impeded power restoration to thousands of residents, blocked access to throughways, and created tons of debris that had to be removed and disposed. "Damage to trees during Hurricane Isabel was twice as bad as any storm in the recent past," said Tom Henderson, Department of Public Works (DPW) Administrator of Solid Waste.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 701 $953,918.36 $665,156.56 $288,761.80
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 05:07 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $4,964,970.09 $4,178,036.20 $828,371.99
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 06:45 (Updated daily)

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Photo of Scott Wells, Larry Zensinger, and Ted Monette. Scott Wells, FEMA's federal coordinating officer, briefs Larry Zensinger and Ted Monette, from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters in D.C, on the Individuals and Household Program statistics for the District of Columbia. The President declared the District as a disaster area on September 21 after Hurricane Isabel passed through the city. Nearly 1,500 District residents have registered for FEMA disaster assistance and the agency has funded more than $600,000 in aid.