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 2, 2003
News Release
Washington, D.C. - Returning to a storm-damaged home is bad enough, but don't be a victim twice when seeking contractor services to rebuild. The D.C. Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warns disaster victims in areas of the District of Columbia affected by Hurricane Isabel to be careful when seeking a contractor to make repairs. While most contractors are reputable, hard-working individuals, some people will try to take advantage of disaster victims.
October 1, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC -- As residents return to their homes following the mass power outages, or begin the clean-up process after having their power restored, the D. C. Emergency Management Agency and the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency warn residents to be cautious while cleaning up the debris and damages left by Hurricane Isabel.
September 30, 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 (FEMA) will bring a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to the people in areas of the District who were affected by Hurricane Isabel. The Disaster Recovery Centers, which will operate from the EMA Mobile Command Vans, will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following sites and dates:
September 29, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC -- District and federal officials, along with various voluntary agencies, continue to help residents of the District of Columbia who were affected by the Hurricane Isabel. To date, $5.21 million in disaster assistance has been approved to help residents meet their most basic disaster-recovery needs. Nearly 700 individuals have registered for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. The lines are open from 7 a.m. to midnight, daily.
September 26, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC -- Understanding the steps of the city/federal recovery process can help people reduce the confusion brought on by disaster, sort out the information available, and make the decisions required to begin rebuilding lives. The first step is to register for assistance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (or TTY 1-800-462-7585). The line is open from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, until further notice.
September 26, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC ---The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that District of Columbia residents who evacuated their homes in response to Hurricane Isabel may qualify for reimbursement of their the lodging expenses.

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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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