Pr. George's Asks For Public Help With Microburst Relief
County officials set up charitable relief fund, seek clothing and food donations to help victims of Friday's storm.
The microburst which swept through Bladensburg and Cheverly last Friday has left at least 21 homes uninhabitable. Now county officials are turning to the public for help as they deal with those displaced by the storm, setting up a special fund for victims and soliciting donations for a food drive.
So far, the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources has inspected 126 structures for damage.
A variety of county, state and nonprofit agencies are trying to get assistance to those impacted by the storm. County officials also are urging residents and property owners whose structures may have sustained structural damage during the storm to call into the county Office of Emergency Management to schedule a damage assessment.
As of last night, an emergency shelter set up at Bladensburg high school housed approximately 20 residents on cots set up in the gymnasium. The shelter is operated by the Prince George's County Office of Family Services, the Department of Social Services and the Red Cross.
An announcement released earlier today said the shelter would remain open until Wednesday, July 27, if needed.
Residents who may need assistance are asked to call the Prince George's County Emergency Operations Hotline at 301-583-2230.
County officials also have set up a special fund designed to get food, housing assistance and clothing to those displaced. Contributions to the fund can be sent by check or money order to the Prince George's County Department of Social Services with a note in the memo section reading "Bladensburg Microburst Lay Fund."
County officials are asking the public for clothing, preferably summertime wear and other "near new" clothing items, and non-perishable food donations. Food and clothing donations may be dropped off at 425 Brightseat Road in Landover from June 25 to 29 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The county cannot yet accept furniture donations, but arrangements can be made on an individual basis by calling the county Department of Social Services at 301-909-7000.
The county also is opening up its landfill and composting operations for residents to dispose of their storm-related debris free of charge. The debris will be accepted at the following locations and times:
Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill
11611 White House Road
Between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Prince George's County Yard Waste Composting Facility
6601 E. Crain Highway
Between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Only Prince George's County residents disposing of storm debris will be able to take advantage of the free dumping offer. Bring an ID to prove county residency. Commercial vehicles will be charged the standard disposal rate.
Call the county Department of Environmental Resources' Waste Management Division for more information about storm debris removal at 301-952-7622.