ANNAPOLIS, MD—At a Wednesday press conference, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Maryland.
Governor Hogan is specifically requesting:
(1) the Individuals and Households, Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training, and the Disaster Unemployment Assistance programs under the Individual Assistance Program statewide,
(2) Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance Program statewide, and
(3) Hazard Mitigation measures statewide. If approved, the presidential declaration will provide funding for state and local governments as well as certain private nonprofits
“People are looking for certainty, but the truth is, we simply don’t know yet how bad it’s going to get, how long it’s going to last, or how successful these social distancing actions are going to be in flattening the curve,” said Governor Hogan. “What we do know is that this will not be over in a matter of days or weeks. As I have been saying over and over since day one, the number of cases will continue to rapidly and dramatically rise. It is critically important that every single person remains vigilant and continues doing their part by staying in place, in their homes, as much as possible so that we can break the back of this virus.”
Wednesday’s full press conference can be viewed below.