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Baltimore County needs information from victims of the Memorial Day weekend flooding in order to seek federal aid, including low-interest disaster loans.

Federal aid is available only after disaster-stricken jurisdictions document damages and meet certain loss thresholds. Baltimore County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is beginning this documentation process for the Memorial Day storm.

Emergency Management officials need information from homeowners, renters and businesses who suffered uninsured or grossly under-insured damage to buildings, land, personal property or business inventories. Such victims of the recent flooding should contact emergencymanagement@baltimorecountymd.gov.

The  deadline for providing information to Emergency Management officials is Friday, June 29, 2018.

Storm victims should provide:

  • Location of the affected properties
  • Type of loss
  • Value of property affected
  • Estimated losses and the extent to which they were covered by insurance
  • Contact information

The Documentation Process

Storm victims should note that, in providing this information, they are not applying for aid.

Rather, they are assisting Emergency Management officials with the documentation needed for Baltimore County to qualify for federal aid. Storm victims' information will be provided to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which will work with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Baltimore County Emergency Management to determine if the losses are significant enough to qualify for the Disaster Loan Program.

The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to business of all sizes, private and non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. If the SBA approves Baltimore County for disaster aid, loans may be used to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery, equipment, inventory and business assets damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Victims of the recent flooding may receive assistance through the non-profit organization, Maryland Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

​The Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has been working with storm victims in Catonsville and other flood-stricken areas on recovery needs.

VOAD services are free of charge; the organization does not solicit donations. Renters will be required to submit a waiver signed by a landlord.

Available services include flood cleanup, demolition, pressure washing, sanitation/mold remediation, debris removal and chainsaw operations.

​VOAD's Flood Cleanup Hotline is 410-449-5415.

Emergency Management officials advise storm victims seeking advice on storm recovery to use government agencies or reputable organizations such as the Red Cross or VOAD. "Scammers" seeking to take advantage of storm victims are a common problem following disasters.

 

 



Beware of scammers. Works for free and does not solicit donations. If you are a renter, you will need your landlord to sign a waiver.

Update, June 4, 2018:

Due to the overwhelming community response, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management host another Storm Recovery Information Center on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

The information session will be held at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 North Rolling Road, 21228, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Participating agencies include state and local Health agencies, American Red Cross, Maryland Insurance Administration and  the Maryland  Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.    

Original release:

Baltimore County this weekend will open a Storm Recovery Information Center for victims of last Sunday’s flooding. 

The center will be located at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Rd., 21228. It will open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3.

Flood victims will have the opportunity to talk to state and local officials about insurance and other concerns. Participants include Baltimore County Emergency Management, the Maryland Insurance Administration, the Red Cross and Health and Human Services officials.

The center is open to flood victims in Baltimore County and other affected jurisdictions.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017