Emergency Management

President Bush declares Washington State a major disaster area
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 2nd, 2001 at 9:04 AM

Citizens asked to contact FEMA to apply for disaster aid The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has declared Washington State a major disaster area, triggering the release of federal funds to supplement recovery efforts in Western Washington, jolted by the 6.8 earthquake. The next step in the recovery process is for Pierce County citizens and private businesses who have suffered earthquake damage to contact FEMA at the following numbers to begin the disaster aid application process:

  • 1-800-462-9029
  • 1-800-562-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired

These toll free numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Thank you to Pierce County residents who promptly called in their preliminary damage assessments – your efforts helped in obtaining the presidential declaration.

Note: If you need immediate assistance with shelter, food, etc. please contact the American Red Cross Tacoma-Pierce County Chapter at 253-474-0400 or state-wide at 1-800- 660-4124. To help the victims of this and other disasters, contributions can be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).