Carroll County requests storm damage reports to apply for federal assistance

In efforts to receive federal assistance, Carroll County Emergency Management is requesting businesses and residents affected by the recent severe storms and flooding to report details on their losses.

The information can be submitted through an online form, which asks for the date of damage, type of damage, cause of damage, estimation of loss and insurance information. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24.


If Carroll County meets the threshold for damage from recent severe storms and flooding, the Small Business Administration can issue a declaration of disaster — and businesses and property owners can be eligible for loans, said Emergency Management Assistant Coordinator Valerie Hawkins Wednesday.

“This one is a little bit different than what people might traditionally think of as a disaster declaration because this one is specifically geared towards assisting with loans to assist with recovery,” said Hawkins. “So if a business had a lot of damage to its property, and it’s uninsured damages — the idea is not to get a loan for something that is already insured — the business can apply for a loan to help get it[self] back on its feet, to help replace lost inventory, to help recover from not being able to be open for a couple days.

“That’s what it’s intended to do,” she said, “and then residents and homeowners, they would be in a similar type of situation, to be able to possibly qualify for a loan to help them rebuild or fix their damages.”

After 3-6 inches of rain fell over the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday, several roads in the northern part of Carroll County were washed out or otherwise impassable Tuesday Morning.

So far, the SBA has made disaster declarations in Frederick County and Baltimore City, Hawkins said, as a result of current and previous weather emergencies this year.

And this is the very first step in gathering information to see if Carroll can be eligible for some kind of storm damage assistance, she said.

“You never know exactly how many people may have been affected,” Hawkins said, “but we certainly want to provide at least an opportunity to see if we can qualify for something. We definitely don’t want anybody to miss out on an opportunity if we can try to get the declaration.

“If we can’t, we can’t,” she said. “If we don't meet the threshold or the requirements, at least we can try.”

Since she started working with Emergency Management in 2013, Hawkins said the county has not had a declaration of disaster, but that this summer has been unique.

“I have lived in the county for 40 years and I can’t remember it ever being like this,” she said. “It has definitely been a very unusual summer.”

Those unable to submit the form electronically may contact the office at 410-386-2455 to request a form by fax or mail.

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