Bladensburg, MD – After the devastation of the microburst that occurred last Friday evening in Bladensburg, Prince George’s County is seeking assistance from the public through donations of food, clothing, and financial contributions for approximately 600 displaced residents. Many of the structures these residents were living in were severely damaged and remain uninhabitable. Displaced residents have been able to retrieve a limited amount of their belongings as their property was damaged by the storm and subsequent structural damage. As the County works with all displaced residents to find both short and long term housing solutions, assistance is welcome and desired from the public.
“We greatly appreciate those who have already made donations since last weekend, and hope the donations will continue to assist our displaced residents recovering from this devastating storm,” said Prince George’ s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “As County Executive, I have seen time and time again neighbors helping out neighbors in Prince George’s County, around the region, nation and around the world. As we face another challenge within our County, I am confident that together we will persevere.”
Financial contributions can be made through a special fund established for those impacted. The fund will assist with food replacement, housing assistance, emergency assistance clothing and emergency housing assistance. The Finance Office of the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services will accept the donations sent or brought to: 805 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785. Please make checks or money orders payable to: Prince George’s County Department of Social Services and note in the memo section “Bladensburg Microburst Lay Fund.”
In addition, the following items are being requested and can be delivered until this Friday, June 29th from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 425 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785. The items donated will go directly to the families impacted and displaced by the storm. We are especially seeking donations of:
-Pantry food items that are non-perishable.
-Summertime seasonal new or near new clothing (men’s, women’s and children’s clothing) – folded and placed in boxes.
-Furniture items cannot be accepted at this time. Those community members wishing to donate furniture or appliances are asked to contact the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services at 301-909-6330.
Prince George’s County appreciates and counts on the assistance of the American Red Cross following this storm. Staff from the Department of Social Services and The Red Cross remain on site at Bladensburg High School to continue case work and to make certain that all affected residents are appropriately helped. As of Tuesday evening, dozens of personnel from the Department of Social Services and The Red Cross acted immediately to staff shelters and have conducted mobile feedings for those impacted . Prince George’s County Public Schools assisted with the preparation of 150 meals. The Red Cross has served 1,300 meals and 2,200 snacks, as well as had over a hundred staff and volunteers providing assistance.
In order for the American Red Cross to respond to incidents such as this microburst, as well as other emergencies that occur daily throughout the National Capital Region, they need support and donations. Donations of support can be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter.