Emergency Management

Report windstorm damages to 866-798-6363
Posted By Hunter George on Nov 16th, 2010 at 11:04 AM

The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center is collecting damage information from homeowners and business owners affected by last night’s windstorm. Residents and business owners in Pierce County that suffered damage should call the Department of Emergency Management at 1-866-798- 6363 (toll free).

Callers should have the following information available:

  • Name and address of affected property
  • Type of insurance (homeowners)
  • A description of damage, even if uninsured
  • A personal estimate of uninsured losses
  • Estimates of the fair market value of the damaged home or busines. It is not necessary at this point for property owners to have a contractor’s estimate.The findings from this assessment will be used by the Governor to request a possible disaster declaration and federal disaster assistance from the President. This process could take up to couple of weeks or more. Federal disaster assistance, if and when it becomes available, only covers uninsured losses.Among the immediate steps that individuals and families impacted by the windstorm 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.
  • Contact information: Sheri Badger, public information officer, at 253-798-7470.

    Update 11:53 a.m.: This item was updated to correct the telephone number in the headline.


    Downed trees close Mount Rainier road
    Posted By Hunter George on Nov 16th, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    The Longmire-Paradise road will be closed all day at Mount Rainier National Park as crews deal with fallen trees blocking the road. Crews were working this morning, hoping to open the road from the Nisqually entrance to Longmire. Once that work is complete, they will do their best to clear the road to Paradise.


    Helpful information for dealing with power outages
    Posted By Hunter George on Nov 16th, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recommends the following for preventing foodborne illnesses. Take care of your health by discarding foods that could spoil after a power outage:

  • Discard any perishable foods that have been without refrigeration and above 45°F for more than two hours.
  • Discard any perishable food that is above 45°F for more than two hours.
  • Food items that can be kept for a limited time without refrigeration include: Hard processed cheese such as cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan and Romano; Butter, margarine; Opened fruit juices, canned fruits, vinegar-based dressings, peanut butter, jellies, mustards; Breads, rolls, cakes, muffins, waffles, pancakes, bagels, fruit pies, fruit, herbs, spices and raw vegetables.
  • After power is returned, it is acceptable to re-freeze frozen foods that still contain ice crystals and are 45°F or lower. This may result in a reduction in the quality of the product.
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    Power outage at Tacoma Narrows Airport
    Posted By Hunter George on Nov 16th, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    The Tacoma Narrows Airport is without power. Damage from the storm includes a torn roof of one airplane hangar and damage to two hangar doors. The tower is operational as of 8 a.m., on back-up generator power. Landing is visual only.


    Public Works staff deployed to clear debris
    Posted By Hunter George on Nov 16th, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    As of 8:30 a.m., Public Works and Utilities staff are deployed to clear tree debris from the road sides and leaves from storm drain inlets. Latest forecast predicts up to ½ inch of precip Wednesday night into Thursday and then freezing levels drop to 500ft this weekend. Keeping drain inlets open will be Public Works top priority for the next several days.