FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sarah Lankford Sprecher, Director of Public Relations & Community Affairs
Hagerstown, MD (November 2, 2012) – Hurricane Sandy has caused business disruption and damage across the State of Maryland. The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is working with the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED) to assess storm-related business property damage in Washington County.
If you own a business in Washington County that suffered any physical damage from Hurricane Sandy, please contact the EDC to report the loss as soon as possible at 240-313-2280 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the business name, address, contact information and type of loss along including a cost estimate. This information will then be shared with DBED, Maryland Emergency Management Association (MEMA), and the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
The compilation of Statewide business losses and damage assessments will be used to make a federal declaration which, if approved by President Obama, will release funding, including low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration and disaster assistance through FEMA.