OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- More than $1 million in individual disaster assistance has been provided to victims of the severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd, September 16 through 20, according to state and federal disaster recovery officials.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report that assistance totaling $1,021,427 has been approved for families and individuals. Individual Assistance includes programs to help pay rent for alternate short-term housing, to meet necessary expenses and serious needs, and to help homeowners make minimal repairs to make their homes livable.
Almost 1,800 flood victims have already registered for federal disaster assistance. State of Maryland Coordinating Officer, Dave McMillion, urged Maryland residents who haven't yet registered to call the FEMA toll-free number, 1-800-462-9029. People with hearing or speech impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Registrations may be made between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., EDT, daily, until further notice.
"The sooner people apply, the quicker we can get them some help," Federal Coordinating Officer Curt Musgrave said. "The goal of this disaster operation is to get people on the road to recovery as soon as possible."
Eleven Maryland counties have been declared eligible for individual assistance disaster programs. They are Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, and Talbot.