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Preliminary Damage Assessment from Storms

The Frederick County Division of Emergency Management is collecting information from County residents and businesses on damage and losses suffered during September 29, 2015 through October 5, 2015. The information provided will be used as part of the County’s Preliminary Damage Assessment which will be used to help FEMA determine if the County is eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance. Follow these important steps for reporting damages to personal property. If you received damage from the storm please follow the following steps:

Step 1: Assess and document the damage

  • Make a list of all the damages.
  • Collect any pictures of the damages.
  • Estimate how much you think it will cost for repairs or to replace your belongings. If you have an estimate please us that number.

Step 2: Call your insurance company

  • Locate your insurance policy documents (if available) and call your insurance company.
  • Report damages. Your insurance carrier will advise you on coverage and additional steps to be taken.
  • If you are experiencing problems with your insurance, you may want to contact the Maryland Insurance Administration or to file a complaint: MD Insurance Administration Rapid Response Program or call 1-800-492-6116.

Step 3: File your report online

Complete an online damage report form (see link below for residential or business damages), if you have any questions please call the Frederick County Division of Emergency Management 301-600-1746.

You will be asked several questions including the estimated damage to your home and belongings, as well as your insurance coverage. This information will be used to establish a County-wide damage assessment, which will aide us in obtaining federal assistance. Even if you have suffered only minor damage and do not expect to need assistance, you should submit a report.

Important information to have on-hand when filing your report:

  • Contact information
  • Address of the damaged property
  • Name of the owner or renter
  • Estimated pre-disaster value of the property (from your tax records)
  • Estimated structural damage
  • Estimated personal property loss
  • Primary cause of the damage
  • Insurance coverage for the losses and the amount of your deductible
  • Is the property habitable (safe to live in)?
  • Is the property accessible?
  • Is the damage major or minor?
  • A description of the damage

Reporting forms

Residential:
The purpose of this form is to collect information from primary residences affected by this event
in order to make a preliminary assessment of damages. Detached garages and storage
buildings, secondary homes and recreational homes should not to be included in your reported.
Note: You may want to print this form before submitting via e-mail and keep it for your
records.

After filling out this form, click the “Submit” button.

  • Your submission is not a guarantee of eligibility for assistance.
  • Please note: it may take 30 days or more to process your submission.
  • Include your email address; Frederick County Emergency Management will contact you with important follow-up information.

Business:

The purpose of this form is to collect information of businesses affected by this incident in order
to make a preliminary assessment of damages following a disaster.

Note: You may want to print this form before submitting via e-mail and keep it for your
records.

After filling out this form, click the “Submit” button.

  • Your submission is not a guarantee of eligibility for assistance.
  • Please note: it may take 30 days or more to process your submission.
  • Include your email address; Frederick County Emergency Management will contact you with important follow-up information.

To submit a damage reporting form go to: http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/4550/Recover

For more information on preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and hazards, visit www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/READY. Additionally the Department of Emergency Preparedness can be contacted at 301-600-1746 or EM@FrederickCountyMD.gov.

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