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FEMA Proposes QAC Floodplain Map Changes

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRM, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will change the floodplain status and potentially, the flood insurance rates for many property owners in Queen Anne’s County. Those affected have until July 3, 2013 to appeal.

The county will host public outreach sessions which will be open to all interested citizens. The first meeting will be held Monday, June 24, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Queen Anne’s County Department of Planning & Zoning, located at 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville. Queen Anne’s County waterfront property owners, those who own land in or near a floodplain, and those who are paying flood insurance, are encouraged to review the preliminary FIRM to see if there is a proposed change in their floodplain designation.

The preliminary FIRM are available for viewing at the Queen Anne’s County Department of Public Works, located at 312 Safety Dr., Centreville, MD 21617. Alternatively, citizens may visit FEMA’s Map Service Center athttps://msc.fema.gov, or the County’s website at http://www.qac.org, for further information.

Appeals regarding the accuracy of the preliminary FIRM shall be submitted to Queens Anne’s County Department of Public Works and must be based upon data that show the new or revised flood hazard information is scientifically or technically incorrect. Upon completing their review, FEMA will issue a Final Determination and the county will have six months to adopt the new effective floodplain maps and floodplain ordinance.

A CoastSmart Communities Initiative grant awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Chesapeake and Coastal Program supports the county’s effort in adopting the new FEMA maps and floodplain ordinance.

The towns of Millington and Templeville are to be included in the maps for Kent County and Caroline County, respectively.

Questions may be referred to the Queen Anne’s County Department of Public Works at (410)758-0925.

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Disaster Aid Deadline Extended

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Maryland Emergency Management Agency announced today the deadline to apply for disaster aid for damages resulting from Hurricane Sandy is being extended to February 26.

“There are still people registering every day,” said Mike Lapinski, Federal Coordinating Officer. “We don’t want people with uninsured damages to their homes or businesses to miss the opportunity to register. That is why we are extending the deadline.”

February 26 will be the last day for residents to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to help them recover from the Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, February 26 will be the deadline for homeowners and businesses to submit applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The fastest and easiest way to register is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov. You may also register on your smartphone atm.fema.gov. If you do not have access to the internet, you may call FEMA’s toll-free hotline at
1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the deaf or hard of hearing. Telephone lines are open from 7 am to 10 pm, seven days a week until further notice, and multilingual operators are also available to answer your call.).

After the application deadline, FEMA’s toll-free phone line still will be available to assist those who have already registered. Applicants who have questions about disaster assistance programs or questions about the status of their previously filed applications should continue to use FEMA’s toll-free number.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property.

Applicants who have been referred to SBA must complete and return the SBA disaster loan application to be eligible for additional assistance under the part of the Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. There are other ONA grants such as public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses that do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan to be eligible.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

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.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

 

Feds Deny Storm Assistance to Eastern Shore

By MARIA-PIA NEGRO
Capital News Service

COLLEGE PARK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Maryland’s request for financial help for lower Eastern Shore residents affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“This decision will make it more difficult for hard hit residents of the Eastern Shore to recover from the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency officials said they would appeal the decision. The state had sought assistance for residents in Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester counties.

“It’s going to be very tough on the community and the county and the residents. It is what it is,” said P.J. Purnell, the mayor of Crisfield in Somerset County, which was hit hard by the storm.

The state has 30 days to appeal the denial. FEMA officials said that the agency determined that state and local volunteer agencies were able to handle the damage without federal help for individual residents.

“It was determined that is not beyond the capability of the state and local volunteers agencies to give assistance at this time,” said Mike Wade, a FEMA spokesman.

To successfully appeal the denial, Maryland needs to show that the state and local governments exceeded their capacity to help citizens.

“We need to get more documentation about the damage. We are doing that now,” said Ed McDonough, a public information officer for MEMA. He asked people with damage from Sandy who have not yet reported it to the state to do so.

“That’s the information that we need,” to appeal the decision, McDonough said.

FEMA is helping to pay for part of the cost of rebuilding public property damaged by the storm like government buildings and roads in 17 Maryland counties and Baltimore city that were affected by the storm.

Capital News Service reporter Aisha Azhar contributed to this report.