Mayor Rawlings-Blake Issues Statement on Denial of FEMA Assistance to Maryland

BALTIMORE, Md. (June 19, 2015)—Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sent the following letter to Governor Hogan regarding the denial of FEMA assistance to Maryland:

Dear Governor Hogan:
I was disappointed to learn of the denial of your request to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for federal assistance to the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore as a result of the civil unrest, fires and vandalism in the period from April 25 to May 1, 2015.

I understand that the state has a period of 30 days to file an appeal with the Regional Administrator of FEMA Region III. I urge you to file such an appeal on behalf of the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland.

My administration and I stand ready to provide any additional documentation or information that you feel would be necessary for our state to successfully appeal this decision.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
City of Baltimore


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