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

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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 25, 2003
News Release
September 24, 2003
News Release
Washington, DC -- A toll-free application telephone number is operational -- for those who suffered uninsured damages in the District of Columbia due to Hurricane Isabel. Initial damage surveys found virtually no damaged households in the city. Though the few damaged homes are largely covered by insurance, help is available for people who have uninsured storm related needs. Disaster assistance provided by the government cannot duplicate insurance benefits.
September 20, 2003
News Release
» Federal Aid For District Of Columbia Hurricane Recovery Washington, DC -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has authorized the use of federal disaster funds and emergency resources for the District of Columbia to help families and businesses recover from the effects of Hurricane Isabel.

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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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