Emergency Management

Report damage to Pierce County Damage Assessment Center
Posted By on Jan 23rd, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center will continue collecting damage information from homeowners and business owners affected by the ice & snow storm beginning on January 16th.  

Pierce County residents and business owners that suffered damage should call the Pierce County Damage Assessment Center at 1-866-798-6363 (toll free) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Callers should have the following information available:

  • Name and address of affected property
  • Contact information
  • Type of insurance (homeowners or business) and deductible amount
  • A description of damage and losses, even if uninsured
  • Estimates of the fair market value of the damaged home or business (it is not necessary at this point for property owners to have a contractor’s estimate)
  • Business inventory and revenue losses

The findings from this assessment will be used by the Governor to request a possible disaster declaration and federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

This process could take up to a couple of weeks or more. FEMA disaster assistance, if and when it becomes available, only covers uninsured losses.

Among the immediate steps that individuals and families should take include:

  • Call your insurance agent to check on your coverage
  • Keep detailed records of all clean-up and repair costs, including photographs
  • When the time comes to make repairs, be aware of local permit requirements and do a thorough check of potential contractors at https://fortress.wa.gov/lni/bbip/Search.aspx

Visit Pierce County’s Blog for up to date emergency information: https://blog.co.pierce.wa.us/emergency/.

MEDIA CONTACT: Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 253-798-7470.