U.S. official will speak at disaster seminar


Elaine A. McReynolds, administrator for the Federal Insurance Administration, will be the keynote speaker for a seminar that will address natural disasters. The seminar, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, will be in the auditorium of Westminster High School.

The seminar is underwritten by Carroll County Bank and Trust, Taneytown Bank and Trust, Union National Bank, Westminster Bank and Trust, New Windsor State Bank, F & M Bank and FCNB Bank.

Representatives from Community Emergency Preparedness associated with the Office of the Environmental Services for Carroll County also will attend. Information released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) indicates that 40,000 structures in Special Flood Hazard Areas in Maryland had coverage through a flood insurance policy as of April 30. But 30,000 structures were not insured.

FEMA reports that property owners in a hazard area have a 26 percent chance of experiencing flooding over a 30-year period while having a 1 percent or 2 percent chance of fire.

The seminar is for the public, insurance agents, local officials, merchants, real estate agents, developers and bankers. The underwriters will provide free flood determination assessments for homeowners. The American Red Cross also will offer materials on preparedness.

Information: 857-3372.


Westminster: A resident of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., reported to city police that someone broke into her car and stole a set of golf clubs and tools while the vehicle was parked on the Lowes lot off Englar Road on Tuesday. She estimated the loss at $1,837.

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