Emergency Management

Pierce County included in disaster declaration for Washington State
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 13th, 2006 at 8:15 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 13, 2006 – Pierce County is part of a major disaster declaration for Washington, signed by the President yesterday, as a result of severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides, November 2-11, 2006. This means that federal disaster aid has been made available for the state of Washington to supplement state and local recovery efforts. The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King, Lewis, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, and Wahkiakum. The assistance, to be coordinated by FEMA, can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will soon open in the Sumner area for Pierce County residents affected by the floods. In the meantime, residents and business owners who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1- 800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time) Monday through Saturday until further notice.