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

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 7, 2003
News Release
Q: What is a Disaster Recovery Center? A: A facility provided by the District of Columbia and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide disaster recovery information and an opportunity for face-to-face contact between homeowners, renters or business owners and disaster recovery specialists. Q: Where is this Disaster Recovery Center located?
October 7, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC - The D.C. Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) officials, along with various federal and district partners and voluntary agencies, continue to help residents of the District of Columbia who were affected by Hurricane Isabel. As of Oct. 6, $5.64 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved to help residents meet their basic disaster-recovery needs. Recovery Assistance for Individuals and Households
October 6, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free disaster assistance lines begin new hours effective today, Monday, October 6, 2003. People who suffered damage or loss of work from Hurricane Isabel, but who have not applied for assistance, may call the registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to begin the recovery process. For the hearing or speech impaired, the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Both toll-free numbers are now available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
October 3, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC -- The D.C. Emergency Management Agency (DC EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warn District residents to adhere to all safety precautions when using chain saws to cut or remove trees and debris from personal property while cleaning up damages cause by Hurricane Isabel.
October 3, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC -- District of Columbia residents who have applied for disaster assistance can expect to have their homes inspected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) once they have applied for disaster assistance. FEMA inspectors are now in the field and continue to visit homes in affected jurisdictions. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and insurance companies will also have inspectors in the field.
October 3, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC -- Residents and businesses that suffered damage from Hurricane Isabel and have called the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration number may have received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). That number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY 1-800-462-7585).

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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.


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