Statement From Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Regarding National Weather Service’s Judgment On December 2009 Snowfall

City Eligible for $2.25 million in Relief

“Last week, we learned that the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency amended the notice of a major disaster declaration for December’s major snowstorm for the State of Maryland to include Baltimore City.

Upon further review of snowfall measurements within Baltimore City the National Weather Service determined the City did in fact have record snowfall. Baltimore City will submit for $2.25 million in reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The decision allows non-profit entities in the city to submit for FEMA storm expense reimbursement as well.

This is tremendous news for Baltimore. The additional federal money will ease the burden placed on the city’s snow removal budget by this storm. I am grateful for the staff of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for their work to facilitate this process. The city of Baltimore benefits greatly from their commitment to prepare city agencies for emergencies, facilitate the effective use of resources, and spearhead recovery efforts.”

The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management will help to facilitate applications for non-profit entities. More information can be obtained by calling (410) 396-6187 or by visiting the Mayor's Office Emergency Management website."

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