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Maryland Conducts Damage Assessments with FEMA

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Maryland Conducts Damage Assessments with FEMA

Frederick, Washington Counties to Work Jointly with MEMA

 

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (May 24, 2018) — MEMA and FEMA today will begin joint preliminary damage assessments with Frederick and Washington counties following the heavy rainfall, severe storms, and flooding that occurred last week. The joint preliminary damage assessments do not guarantee financial assistance. They are a key component of the recovery process which could take several months.

 

“Our administration is fully committed to helping those affected by the storm recover as quickly as possible,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “MEMA will continue to work closely with regional representatives from FEMA to seek all available assistance to support our public safety partners and our citizens who were affected by the severe weather." Federal assistance could potentially be made available through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

 

“MEMA will work closely with local governments, State agencies and FEMA to jointly assess damages and costs incurred last week during the severe weather event and decide how to move forward,” said Russ Strickland, MEMA’s executive director.

 

State agencies have reported the following in response to the heavy rainfall, severe storms, and flooding multi-day event:

Maryland Emergency Management Agency

·         MEMA coordinated with officials in the affected counties to determine if State resources were needed to assist with the recovery response.

·         MEMA is working with local and federal partners to assess damages and determine if any counties may qualify for assistance.

Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation

·         If real property has been damaged by the storm, residents may qualify to have their property assessments reduced. Once it is safe to do so, SDAT assessors will identify affected areas and notify residents to apply for the reduction.

·         If property-owners qualify to have their property assessments reduced, SDAT will coordinate with local governments to ensure any corrected tax bills or refunds are issued in a timely manner.

Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System

·         MIEMSS sent 2 representatives to Washington County over the weekend as part of the State Incident Management Team that assisted county emergency management staff.

Maryland Insurance Administration

·         The Rapid Response team is available to assist consumers, who may call 800-492-6116 (select option 3, then option 1). To file a complaint online, go to https://enterprise.insurance.maryland.gov/consumer

·         MIA also is reaching out to insurance carriers to instruct them not to cancel consumer’s policies in certain zip codes. For more information: http://insurance.maryland.gov/Insurer/Documents/bulletins/18-07-Cancellation-of-Insurance-Policies.pdf

Natural Resources Police

·         Members of the NRP dive team assisted the Potomac Valley Fire Company in Sharpsburg, Washington County, with several missions: checking on residents who had been hit hard by the flooding, setting up where water washed out part of the road, and helping maneuver a pump to the flooded area to clear standing water.  

Maryland Department of Transportation

·         The State Highway Administration dealt with numerous road closures due to flooding around Maryland last week. They continue to repair damaged roads around the hardest hit areas, mostly in Frederick and Washington counties.

·         Some sections of the MARC Brunswick line were closed due to track damage from the storms. Full service was re-established earlier this week.

Our social media specialists will be monitoring the situation and will also be posting updated information as it becomes available. You can follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.

 

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CONTACT:              

Jorge Eduardo Castillo, Jorge.castillo@maryland.gov, 443-381-3518

Emily Allen, emily.allen@maryland.gov, 410-504-4437

Ed McDonough, ed.mcdonough@maryland.gov, 410-446-3333

MEMA 24/7 phone line: 410-517-3600


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