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Information Regarding Hurricane Irene

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
On Saturday August 27, the District of Columbia was impacted by Hurricane Irene. Here is important information for residents and businesses impacted by the hurricane.

On Saturday August 27, the District of Columbia was impacted by Hurricane Irene.  Here is important information for residents and businesses impacted by the hurricane. Damages  Individual or businesses impacted by the hurricane are encouraged to report information to the Mayor’s City Wide Call Center – 311.

NOTE: This is for recording and compiling only, not to register for services or funding.  Meaning of FEMA’s Emergency Declaration for the District A result of and in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, on August 26, 2011, Mayor Vincent Gray declared a State of Emergency.

The following day, Mayor Gray requested an emergency declaration from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On August 28, 2011, FEMA announced that President Barack Obama approved the District’s request. The following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s emergency disaster declaration issued for the District of Columbia.

Assistance can include as required:  FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas. Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding. FEMA’s Public Assistance program is oriented to public entities and can fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of a public facility or infrastructure, which is damaged or destroyed by a disaster.

Additional information on the Public Assistance program, including eligible applicants, is available at http://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit/ . Additional designations may be made at a later date after if requested by the District and warranted by the results of further evaluation. For information regarding the District’s Public Assistance program, please contact Russell Gardner at 202-481-3051 or [email protected] .

Other Resources:

  • Private Sector
  • US Small Businesses Administration  
  • Flood Insurance
  • District Department of Environment (DOE) Technical Service Branch, (202) 535-2240, www.ddoe.dc.gov
  • Federal http://www.floodsmart.gov/