Maryland Delegation Calls for Federal Emergency Declaration After Ida Storm Damage

Today, Congressman John Sarbanes and the full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, urged President Joe Biden to approve the State of Maryland’s request for a presidential disaster declaration due to damage from the Sept. 1 tornadoes and flash flooding from Tropical Depression Ida. Anne Arundel County, Cecil County, and the City of Annapolis bore the brunt of the damage; each declared a state of emergency. At least 150 homes and businesses in Maryland were affected by this storm.

The State of Maryland has requested a major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance (IA) for Anne Arundel and Cecil Counties and the availability of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for all jurisdictions in Maryland. A federal disaster declaration would unlock funds to help reimburse local governments, such as for the cost of rental assistance for displaced residents. The federal disaster declaration would also directly help residents, such as with home repair costs and replacement of personal belongings destroyed by the disaster. 

Individual Assistance (IA) includes the Individuals and Households Program; Crisis Counseling Program; Disaster Case Management; Disaster Unemployment Assistance; Disaster Legal Services; and Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program (HMGP) includes assistance to State, Tribal, and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards.