Obama Declares Montgomery County Disaster Area for Derecho

Damages in Montgomery were severe enough to mean local governments, and some non-profits, can qualify for federal assistance.


President Obama Thursday declared a major disaster exists in six jurisdictions in Maryland, including Montgomery County, that wreaked havoc, including knocking out power to hundreds of thousands in a major heat wave.

The declaration means federal aid is available for state and local recovery efforts due to the storms, winds and aftermath from June 29-July 8.

The funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities in the counties of Calvert, Charles, Kent, Montgomery, and St. Mary’s and the City of Baltimore, according to a White House statement.

Federal money could reimburse up to 75 percent of the costs associated with response and clean-up from the storms, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley's office.

Other counties could be added later as they continue to calculate their costs from the storm. The declaration also includes state-wide hazard mitigation funds to help government agencies reduce the threat of future events.

Corbin Dallas Multipass August 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
http://www.fema.gov/disasters If you look through the entries there it seems that the process can take from only a day to a few weeks and even months, so it isn't atypical for this declaration to come this late. Some other examples of disaster areas declared after weeks/months: New Hampshire Severe Storm And Flooding Tuesday, May 29, 2012 to Thursday, May 31, 2012 Major Disaster Declaration declared on Friday, June 15, 2012 (DR-4065) Oklahoma Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding Saturday, April 28, 2012 to Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Major Disaster Declaration declared on Thursday, June 14, 2012 (DR-4064) Hawaii Severe Storms, Flooding, And Landslides Saturday, March 3, 2012 to Sunday, March 11, 2012 Major Disaster Declaration declared on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (DR-4062)
Corbin Dallas Multipass August 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Thanks Theresa, that's interesting. So the delay is more likely because the local state governments file for aid after the disaster.
Theresa Defino August 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Or, there actually WAS no delay. It wasn't a big event that would automatically qualify. And sometimes what you read about a "disaster declaration" is coming from the state itself, not FEMA. Thanks for the additional info.
Jewel Barlow August 03, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Can someone point to a summary treatment of how federal disaster funds get passed out? Is it determined by political considerations as is implied by "Obama administration sends X$ to ?? or ???" Or are there clear guidelines for dispensing funds? And is the program too easy like the historic federally backed flood insurance that has helped populate too much of our coastlines with buildings in clearly hazardous locations? Or more like the more recent incarnation of that flood insurance program with more realistic risk assessments included in the costs? I would hope that the federal aid is based on a properly risk based insurance model available to all entities from local governments, to businesses, to individual home owners, for purchase at their discretion. But I don't think that is the case.
Corbin Dallas Multipass August 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
http://www.fema.gov/declaration-process There are other links there that explain, I don't have time to look through them but they'll answer those questions or get closer to answers, I imagine.


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