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County Seeks Storm Damage Assessent

Federal disaster relief funds could be unlocked if assessed storm damages cross threshold.

UPDATE: 1:56 p.m. - A revision to the press release now instructs residents to call the hotline for structural damage assessments only. Original article continues below. 

Residents who may have been impacted by the storm and are being urged to arrange for damage inspections. 

"As the County assesses damages and determines whether it meets the threshold for a Declaration of Emergency in order to receive federal assistance, it requests all residents impacted in the towns of Bladensburg and Cheverly as well as any nearby areas of this microburst to call the Emergency Operations Hotline," read a press release from the Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management. The hotline number is 301-583-2230. 

According to Rhonda Jackson, public information and inter-governmental relations manager for the Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management, the eligibility threshold to qualify for federal disaster relief assistance is not yet known, pending a review by the county Department of Environmental Resources and the Office of Emergency Management. 

The federal disaster funds, if issued, would be granted in two categories; individual assistance and public assistance. Individual assistance would be available to residents and businesses which suffered damage to the storm, while public assistance would be available to local governments for storm repair work.

County officials also continue to offer services for those displaced or affected by  

Bladensburg High School will continue to be a shelter until Wednesday, July 27, 2012. Any resident who needs food, shelter or other assistance as a result of the storm can call the emergency hotline for more information.

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