ADVISORY: CARDIN TO TOUR CRISFIELD TO VIEW AREAS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE, VISIT DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER
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CARDIN TO TOUR CRISFIELD TO VIEW AREAS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE, VISIT DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER
Senator will receive briefing on assistance programs for area residents
On Thursday, January 10, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will visit Crisfield, MD to tour areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy and visit the Disaster Recovery Center to see first-hand how recovery efforts are proceeding. In December, Senators Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley appealed to the Obama Administration to reverse its original denial of Individual Assistance for the county. On December 15, President Obama reversed the original denial and designated Somerset County as a Major Disaster Area, eligible for Individual Assistance. The Individual Assistance designation enabled the state to apply for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). The MD Department of Human Resources estimates that 1,400 households in Somerset County are eligible for D-SNAP.
Somerset County and the City of Crisfield were particularly hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Crisfield, the most economically disadvantaged city in Somerset County, suffered the most devastation from the hurricane. A total of 585 homes were affected by the storm, including 71 homes that suffered major damage. More than 100 Crisfield residents were displaced when the city was covered by five-feet of water. Additionally, more than 50 businesses were seriously impacted by Sandy.
Senator Cardin is expected to arrive at 2:15 pm. for a tour of the impact region by car and will end with a visit to the Disaster Recovery Center, which will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Media should plan to meet the Senator at the Disaster Recovery Center for visit and briefing, followed by Q&A.
· WHAT: Senator Cardin to tour Crisfield, visit Disaster Recovery Center with Crisfield Mayor P.J. Purnell, Somerset Co. Commissioners and Cathy Demeroto, Director of MD Hunger Solutions, among other local officials.
· WHEN: Thursday, January 10 at approximately 2:45 p.m. (visit will end at 3:30 p.m.)
· WHERE: Disaster Recovery Center,
Lower Somerset Co. Ambulance & Rescue Squad, Building 2,