Emergency Management

How to apply for disaster assistance
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 5th, 2001 at 11:56 AM

(For Pierce County homeowners, renters and private businesses) Any homeowner, renter or business owner who has suffered damage from the Feb. 28 earthquake is asked to do the following: 1. If you need immediate assistance with shelter, food, etc. contact the American Red Cross Tacoma Pierce County Chapter at 253-474-0400 or state-wide at 1-800-660-4124. 2. Contact your private insurance company to file a claim. 3. Contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to apply for disaster assistance.

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

Here is a sample of what may be available from FEMA: Disaster Housing Assistance Program: FEMA may provide assistance for any individual or family whose residence has been made uninhabitable as a result of the disaster. Assistance may be in the form of funds to obtain alternate rental housing, or to make essential repairs to make the residence habitable. Individual and Family Grant Program: Grants may be available to eligible disaster victims to meet serious disaster-related needs or necessary expenses not covered by other disaster assistance programs. Home/Personal Property Loans: Low interest, long term disaster loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to homeowners and renters for restoring or replacing disaster-damaged real and personal property. Business Disaster Loans: Low interest, long term disaster loans through the SBA are avaiable to businesses to repair or replace destroyed or damaged business facilities, inventory, machines, or equipment. Economic Injury Loans: These are working capital loans designed to assist businesses suffering adverse financial impacts of this disaster, with or without property loss.

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Earthquake Update
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 3rd, 2001 at 1:25 AM

Pierce County emergency management officials are continuing to assess damages from the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Western Washington Feb. 28. Damage Estimates Earthquake damage to public facilities totals an estimated $53 in Pierce county. The figures could go higher as damage assessment activities continue during the coming week. The damage estimate include public building and facilities, roads and transportation and public utilities. Pierce County citizens and private business owners who have suffered earthquake damage are asked to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (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

Injuries Currently, 105 injuries have been reported in Pierce County, three of which are considered serious. Road and Bridge Status

  The lower portion of Kamus Dr. on Fox Island is closed due to road damage (cracks, 4″ drop in some spots) and slide issues.

  Chambers Creek Bridge closed from 64th St. W to the south side of the bridge in Steilacoom by the Abitibi plant.

  State Route 302 at milepost 4.7 to Wright Bliss Road, dropped two feet and is closed. This is in Mason County, but is near the Pierce County line.

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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).

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Public damage estimate reaches $53 million
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 2nd, 2001 at 2:28 AM

Earthquake damage to public facilities totals an estimated $53 million in Pierce County, officials announced. The figure could go higher as damage assessment activities continue during the coming week. Executive John Ladenburg said the region is fortunate that a greater loss of life and more injuries didn’t result from the 6.8 earthquake Wednesday. “It is clear from the preliminary damage estimate that Pierce County experienced a significant quake impact,” he said. The damage estimate includes public buildings and facilities, roads and transportation, and public utilities. The estimate doesn’t include private individual or business loss. “This number is very preliminary at this point,” said Emergency Management Director Steve Bailey. “I would expect it to rise as additional damage becomes evident in the next few days.” County officials are working closely with state and federal officials on processing disaster claims. Residents and private business owners who incurred earthquake damage should call FEMA at 1-800-462-9029 or TTY 1-800-562-7585 to begin the application process.

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Earthquake Update
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 1st, 2001 at 9:25 AM

Pierce County emergency management officials are continuing to assess damages from the 6.8 magnitude earthquake centered near Anderson Island in Pierce County. An aftershock of a magnitude 3.4 was felt early this morning at about 1:10 a.m. This secondary quake was centered near McNeil Island, within two miles of the initial epicenter. Official Visits FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh arrived in Washington State last night at 11 p.m. He is scheduled to meet with Pierce County officials later today. Emergency Declaration Executive John Ladenburg declared a state of emergency for Pierce County. “It appears the damage suffered by Pierce County was not as extensive as other areas,” Ladenburg said. “Nevertheless, there has been enough damage to schools, roads and buildings to warrant a state of emergency.” Injuries Currently, 51 injuries have been reported in Pierce County, three of which are considered critical. Elderly individuals who fell during the quake suffered the critical injuries. Road and Bridge Status

  State Route 302 at milepost 4.7 to Wright Bliss Road (Victor fill vicinity), dropped two feet and is closed. The road at milepost 5 is closed due to a landslide. A detour is being made.

  Chambers Creek Bridge closed Structural Damage Seven homes may be evacuated near Salmon Beach. Geologists surveying the area are worried that aftershocks or rain may loosen 10-20,000 cubic meters of soil on the upslope. Building inspectors from the City of Tacoma are responding to survey the homes and will keep us posted on whether they decide to evacuate. Yesterday, one cabin in the area slid down the hillside and four others were evacuated. School Closures in Pierce County today:

  Orting District

  Sumner District

  Harbor Ridge Middle School (Peninsula District)

  Steilacoom High School

  Chief Leschi

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