Baltimore, MD - Power outages caused by Hurricane Isabel affected every county of Maryland, and the City of Baltimore, requiring many people to seek temporary lodging in area hotels and motels that had power.
Maryland residents who used temporary lodging because of the power outages that began September 18, 2003, may be eligible for reimbursement of their hotel or motel lodging expense. The ending dates will vary by county where applicant resided at time of the incident.
To determine your eligibility, register for state and federal assistance by calling the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free tele-registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585, for the hearing or speech impaired. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multi-lingual operators are available if needed.
If an applicant registered previously, but did not mention hotel or motel expenses, they may contact the FEMA Helpline to update their application. The FEMA Helpline can be reached through the tele-registration number by selecting the helpline option. Applicants will be required to provide copies of their lodging receipts to determine their eligibility for the assistance.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.