Bladensburg High Shelter Officially Closed Today at 12:00 p.m

Social Services and Red Cross Assistance Efforts Continue

Bladensburg, MD – Although casework will continue for individuals and families impacted by last week’s microburst, the shelter located at Bladensburg Senior High School officially closed today at 12 noon.  They will continue to provide lunch today between the hours of 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Both the Department of Social Services and the American Red Cross will continue to utilize Bladensburg Senior High School as a Service Center today until 6:00 p.m.


A Satellite Service Center will open on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 425 Brightseat Road in Landover, MD between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Trained representatives will remain on site and will continue to meet with Bladensburg residents to provide emotional support and other assistance until all of their disaster-caused needs and questions have been addressed.


“Over the past week, nearly a thousand County, State, and municipal employees along with over a hundred of volunteers have responded to the damage caused by last Friday’s microburst” said Rushern L. Baker, III.  “This has been a very difficult week for many of our County’s residents impacted by last Friday’s storm, I am extremely grateful for our agencies collaborations and outreach of support to our impacted residents. I want to again encourage donations to the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services and the American Red Cross to assist in this recovery effort.”


As the nature of the response to the microburst changed from immediate relief to recovery, long-term housing arrangements have been identified for a majority of the impacted residents and in other cases, temporary housing solutions have been finalized.


All power outages have been restored, and the Department of Environmental Resources disaster assessment is 99% complete.  The County is currently continuing to total damages from this microburst and analyzing whether the threshold is met for a “Declaration of Emergency” in order to obtain federal assistance for uninsured damage costs.


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