December 12, 2011
Last Feb. 27, Project: Prom Dress raised $4,000 to benefit the American Red Cross in Howard County. The next day, a fire swept through an apartment complex in Columbia and, just like that, the funds were completely spent on the four families displaced by the fire. For about $1,000 a family, the Red Cross can provide immediate shelter, food, medicine, eyeglasses, clothing, even help with burying a pet that dies in a fire. But it's not just about the material things -- a disaster, whether it's a hurricane or a home fire, is traumatic and calls for well-trained, highly organized and unflinchingly compassionate people to help one get through it. That is the Red Cross.
November 29, 2011
The city government will be able to use some reimbursement funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover certain costs incurred when the city was hit by Hurricane Irene in August. An emergency declaration put into effect by President Barack Obama authorized FEMA to provide appropriate assistance for costs of required emergency measures. Under this declaration, the city of Laurel was eligible to receive funds to cover overtime for employees, equipment used and materials and supplies.
November 29, 2011
People are angry over the slow pace of restoring power following Hurricane Irene and the snow storms last winter. But BGE employees worked 130-hour weeks, and I'm sure the phone company was just as busy. People were brought in from 12 other states to restore power to folks who obviously didn't know bad weather was on the way, and had not stocked up on pet food, prescriptions, lamp oil and other essentials. Some have since suggested that power lines be buried underground to avoid future problems.
November 27, 2011
Remember the municipal panic that set in when flooding from Hurricane Irene put a stall in the delivery of Berger Cookies. It just goes to show you, you can never be too prepared. Berger Cookies are available for ordering online, packed in two-pound decorative tins for $20.99. Consider this a slam-dunk Christmas gift. Although, frankly, I'm not so sure about those decorative tins.
November 10, 2011
New York Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Bryan Haynes , of Columbia, has been awarded the New York State Humane Service Medal for service in New York's response to Hurricane Irene. The award recognizes service in response to members of New York's Organized Militia who distinguished themselves by sustained meritorious service in a humane operation as a result of a natural disaster, such as floods, snow storms, hurricanes, tornados and acts of mercy during State Active Duty service at the direction of the governor.
October 24, 2011
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has added Baltimore and Baltimore County to the list of 13 Maryland counties eligible for federal disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irene. FEMA and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency said the federal aid will support local recovery expenditures by state and local governments and some private, non-profit organizations. Eligible work includes the replacement and repair damaged roads, bridges, buildings, utilities, recreation areas and other public facilities.