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​During Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week, Baltimore County Emergency Management -- along with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the  National Weather Service (NWS) -- promotes awareness of spring weather threats.

Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week is April 7 to 13.

NWS, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), uses this opportunity to emphasize that every year the mid-Atlantic region is at risk for flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail, and lightning storms. Maryland experiences severe storms regularly during the spring and is particularly at risk for flooding.

Baltimore County and nearby Howard County experienced devastating historic flooding last May.

Hailstorms and tornadoes also can occur in the region, especially in spring and summer. Nearly 100 tornadoes have occurred in Maryland over the past ten years.

Preparing for Weather Emergencies

“If you hear thunder or see lightning, try to get inside right away,” said Jay Ringgold, director of the Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "When flooding occurs, never try to drive across flooded roadways. If you need to leave your shelter due to damage or an emergency, bring your emergency kit and a charged cell phone with you.”

Residents can be “weather prepared” by ensuring that they know how to receive a warning, have a plan, and practice safety tips.

“Every year, Maryland gets severe thunderstorms that target localized communities” said Christopher Strong, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office. “If Marylanders receive National Weather Service warnings from phone apps and/or weather radio, and have a plan for what to do, they can all stay safe from damaging winds, hail, flooding, tornadoes and lightning."

Baltimore County Emergency Management works closely with NWS and MEMA to identify and monitor severe weather systems, develop preparedness plans and safety information and coordinate a response to sever storms.

Residents should take the following protective actions: 

  • During flooding, never drive over an area where water is flowing over the road and you cannot see the pavement. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued or strong winds occur, get to a sturdy shelter and stay indoors and away from windows.
  • With the right conditions, tornadoes can form rapidly. If NWS issues a tornado warning of if you see a tornado, quickly get inside and go to the lowest floor available.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck from a fringe lightning strike. More than 98 percent of lightning casualties occur outdoors. Get inside a building or vehicle, if possible.

Additional information is available through NWS's "Weather Ready" web site; MEMA; and Baltimore County's Emergency Management web site, www.baltimorecountymd.gov/emergency.

Residents can also download the Maryland Prepares mobile app .

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has made Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to certain small businesses affected by rain and flash flooding that began July 21, 2018.

This economic aid is available to small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations in Baltimore County and several other Maryland counties.

The deadline to submit completed applications is November 20, 2019.

More Information from SBA

The following is text from the SBA's news release:

“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in Pennsylvania. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East.


Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and non farm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and 3.61 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.


Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.


Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.

Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
 

Small businesses affected by the May 27, 2018 severe flooding have until April 25 to apply for working capital loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA says capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses involved in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations affected by the flooding.

The deadline to apply is April 25, 2019.

Working capital disaster loans up to $2 million are available at 3.61 percent for small businesses, and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years. SBA says the loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other expenses that could have been paid if not for the disaster.

Applicants may use the electronic loan application (ELA) at SBA's secure web site, DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

Businesses also may obtain information and loan applications through the SBA's Customer Service Center, 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. 

Loan applications can be downloaded at sba.gov/disaster.  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Rd., Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017