I hope you made it through the storm safely. I wanted to update you on press release sent out by the Senate Republican Caucus last week, also below, I wanted to pass along information on Carroll County Schools decision to begin with virtual learning this fall and tips if you have storm damage.
Maryland Senate GOP Statement on in Baltimore
Last week, I joined with my 14 other Senate Republican Caucus colleagues to respond to the vandalism of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 in Baltimore City and the unacceptable, ongoing violence in the city:
"We condemn the vandalism of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge that occurred in Baltimore City. While we support the First Amendment rights of all Marylanders to peacefully protest, the damage that rioters caused to the building and their desecration of the Lodge’s American flag is unacceptable attack on every law enforcement officer in our State.
Those who committed this act of vandalism must be held responsible to the fullest extent of the law. We call on the leaders of Baltimore City to condemn these actions, and to immediately detail their plan to combat the obvious criminal behavior of these rioters before this unrest escalates and spreads any further.
We continue to stand with all of Maryland’s law enforcement professionals who put their lives on the line every day in service to their communities and our State on of the Lodge’s American flag is an unacceptable attack on every law enforcement officer in our State. We are disappointed that Baltimore City leaders were not more proactive in diffusing this situation before it turned violent. The tepid response to this incident, as well as that to the destruction of Baltimore’s Columbus statue earlier this summer, establishes a dangerous precedent...."
Carroll County Schools to Start 2020-2021 School Year Virtually
Last week after much deliberation, Carroll County's Board of Education voted to accept the Carroll Superintendent's proposal to begin classes virtually on September 8th, and continue to monitor for possible in person learning by October 14th. There are some exceptions, incluing some level of in-person instruction for special education and also Career & Tech students. I know there is a lot of concern about this. I'm working to get more specific details about how this will all work and will share when it becomes available. Here is the Carroll Times article for your information: http://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/education/cc-carroll-schools-meeting-rallies-20200729-rj4j5egxbrabjabi7ydyib57f4-story.html
APCIA Provides Recovery & Claims Tips for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Isaias
The American Property Casualty Insurance Association offers the following recovery tips for filing a claim after storm damage:
-Contact your insurer as soon as possible to report the damage. Have your policy number ready.
-Photograph or videotape the damage to share with your insurer and keep a copy for your records.
-Make temporary repairs if it is safe to do so. If there are holes in your roof or your windows are broken, be sure to cover them as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.
-Save receipts for any materials you purchase to assist with repairs. You may submit them to your insurer for reimbursement.
-Do not throw away any damaged items until an adjuster visits your home. Keep in mind that due to COVID-19 and social distancing, you may collaborate with an adjuster via a video call instead of an in-person visit.
-Many standard homeowners and renters policies provide reimbursement of additional living expenses when the property is determined to be uninhabitable due to damage. This provision helps pay for things like temporary housing, restaurant meals, overnight parking and laundry service. Check with your insurer or agent for a list of what your policy will cover.
For more information from the Maryland Insurance Administration, visit https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MDINSUR/2020/08/04/file_attachments/1511062/MIA-Insurance-Tips-Disaster-Preparedness.pdf
My staff is continuing to work remotely and can be reached at Justin.Ready@senate.state.md.us or by calling 410-841-3683. Both email and voicemail will be checked regularly. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
As always, I want you to know it is my honor to represent you in the State Senate. Again, your feedback and ideas are always welcome at SenatorReady@gmail.com or by contacting my office.