BALTIMORE, Md. -- Maryland residents have received just under $67 million in disaster aid in the two months since the state was declared a federal disaster area due to Hurricane Isabel.
According to state and federal officials from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the money represents almost $19.5 million in housing assistance, $6.5 million in assistance for other needs such as personal property, transportation and medical expenses, $35.6 million in low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and almost $5 million in funds to rebuild infrastructure.
"The extension of the registration deadline by FEMA will provide another chance for Maryland citizens to apply for federal assistance and make every effort to leave no one behind," said Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Audrey Scott who has oversight for the state's recovery effort. "The assistance programs provided through the registration process will assist the victims of Hurricane Isabel who were uninsured or underinsured. Our citizens who still need federal assistance are encouraged to call FEMA's toll-free telephone number and register."
The following is a summary of the response and recovery activity since President Bush declared the state eligible for federal disaster assistance on September 19.
- THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN EXTENDED. THE NEW DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 8, 2003.
- 16,431 applications for individual assistance have been received from residents in the 23 declared counties and city of Baltimore.
- $19,455,735 has been disbursed to residents to assist with temporary housing and home repairs.
- $6,483,670 in Other Needs Assistance, which provides money for necessary expenses and serious needs not covered by insurance such as medical, dental, funeral, personal property or transportation, has been disbursed.
- 10,889 property inspections have been completed.
- 13,343 applications for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans have been issued.
- $35,585,200 in disaster assistance loans has been approved.
- More than 8,213 people have visited FEMA/MEMA/Local Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) since they opened. Representatives of state, federal, and voluntary agencies, including loan officers from the SBA, are on-site to provide information and answer questions and concerns.
- $4,989,497 has been approved for projects to rebuild Maryland's infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Isabel.
- $722,000 in direct federal aid for specific response and recovery projects.
- To assist those with temporary housing needs, FEMA and the state have provided interim housing by setting up 139 travel trailers and one mobile home on approved sites with 118 units now occupied.
The toll-free hotline for Maryland Department of Human Resources is 1-888-756-7836, for individuals who may need assistance from local or state departments or agencies. Those with questions about their insurance may call the Maryland Insurance Administration at 1-800-492-6116.
Individuals may apply for disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY: 1-800-462-7585 for speech or hearing impaired. Hours are 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., seven days a week. The new deadline to register is December 8, 2003.
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