Baltimore Key Bridge Collapse: Response and Resource Updates

Our hearts extend to those impacted by the Baltimore Key Bridge collapse. Visit Howard County, Maryland is here to offer support and assistance amidst the unfolding implications for the Port of Baltimore. The repercussions of this incident will stretch far beyond Baltimore, deeply affecting our local communities in Howard County, Maryland, and we stand ready to lend a helping hand.

  • The Maryland Department of Labor has created an unemployment insurance hotline for workers affected by the collapse. Impacted workers can call 667-930-5989 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, or file online in BEACON:
  • For businesses that have been impacted, applications for low-interest disaster loans can be submitted at to help support you and your employees as our partners work to open the channel.
  • The Maryland Emergency Management Agency runs the Private Sector Integration Program (PSIP). Its mission is "incorporating the private sector into the emergency management framework to provide a voice to the business community during emergencies and increase information sharing between the private and public sectors." Businesses can sign up to participate in PSIP here: Presently, PSIP holds daily briefings on the Bridge and Port situation.

Multiple state agencies are collaborating on a website that will contain up-to-date information for the private sector, both employers and employees. Until available - several other organizations have created information pages: 

  • The Maryland Transportation Authority has set up a page on its website with information about the transportation complications and detours suggested to mitigate delays. This website can be found here:  
  • For the most up to date information on Key Bridge response and resources, visit  
  • The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has started "Building Bridges to Recovery" where they will share the most up to date information for business resources:

View more resources that are being made available to those impacted by the Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse.

Baltimore Key Bridge


  •  The Port of Baltimore is the busiest U.S. port for car shipments, handling more than 750,000 vehicles of major automakers in 2023, according to data from the Maryland Port Administration.
  • It is the largest U.S. port by volume for handling farm and construction machinery, as well as agricultural products.  
  • In 2023, the port was the second busiest for coal exports.
  • It is also a cruise terminal, with a number of operators using the port for Caribbean, Canadian, and other Atlantic destinations. 
  • The Port of Baltimore is also extremely significant to the local economy. It generates nearly $3.3 billion in total personal income and $2.6 billion in business income annually and supports 15,330 direct jobs at the Port and 139,180 additional jobs connected to Port activities. 
  • Ships heading towards Baltimore will now have to divert to other East Coast ports in the region, depending on their cargo handling capabilities and the individual supply chains that use them. 
  • These are likely to be the Ports of Virginia; New York/New Jersey; Wilmington, North Carolina; and the Port of Philadelphia. New York/New Jersey and Virginia will likely be able to accommodate the increased traffic. Virginia will be able to handle coal imports and exports. However, more specialized supply chains that rely on the Port of Baltimore, including the sugar industry, could be more severely impacted.  

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How to Help Those Affected

  • As we collectively navigate through the aftermath of the Key Bridge collapse and the subsequent shutdown of the Port of Baltimore, it is imperative that we come together to support those impacted by this unfortunate event. 
  • While state and federal resources are diligently working to salvage the Francis Scott Key Bridge and devise plans for its replacement, Baltimore-area nonprofits and organizations are stepping up to offer assistance to affected families and workers. Learn more today.