Emergency Management

Damage Recovery Center to open in Pierce County
Posted By Sheri Badger on Feb 3rd, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Tacoma, WA – February 02, 2009 – Pierce County residents and businesses who were affected by the flooding in January can now apply to FEMA for damage assistance face-to-face at the Pierce County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) beginning Wednesday at noon.

The DRC is located at Puyallup’s South Hill Mall, inside the old JC Penney’s entrance. The DRC will be open on Wednesday at noon until 7 p.m. and then Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 7 pm; and on Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

Visitors to the DRC will find information on: ” FEMA and State disaster assistance programs ” SBA low-interest disaster loans and how to complete the loan application ” Smart building techniques to reduce damage from future floods ” Flood insurance ” Pierce County and other agency programs Residents can also register on-line at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or over the phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

To expedite the application process either in-person or on-line, please have the following available:

1. Your Social Security number.

2. Current and pre-disaster address.

3. A telephone number where you can be contacted.

4. Insurance information.

5. Total household annual income

6. A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account)

7. A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster

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Flood victims can now apply to FEMA for damage assistance
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 30th, 2009 at 4:33 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 30, 2009 – Due to the federal disaster declaration signed today, Pierce County residents affected by the flooding in January can now apply to FEMA for damage assistance. Residents can apply on-line at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or over the phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

To expedite the application process, please have the following available:

1. Your Social Security number.

2. Current and pre-disaster address.

3. A telephone number where you can be contacted.

4. Insurance information.

5. Total household annual income

6. A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account)

7. A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster.

 A local FEMA Damage Recovery Center (DRC) will be opening in the next week at Puyallup’s South Hill Mall, where assistance will be available from FEMA, Pierce County departments, and other agencies. Exact dates and times will be included in a future release.

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Pierce County providing free inspections for flood damaged buildings
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 20th, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 20, 2009 – Pierce County is providing free inspections to help assess the safety of flood- damaged buildings and help owners begin repairs. Inspectors have already been to many locations making an initial assessment. A detailed assessment is also needed and inspectors will be on the scene within one day of a request from a property owner in an unincorporated area.

A letter confirming the detailed assessment will be sent to the property owner within two days of the inspection. Inspectors will evaluate the safety of buildings and advise owners whether a permit is required. Permits for minor work can be obtained at Planning and Land Services at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma. Permits also may be required for stream bank stabilization, repairs of landslides, culvert work and tree removal.

To request an inspection, call 253-798-3741 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Volunteers team up to clean up
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 16th, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 16, 2009 – Teams of volunteers will be heading out this weekend to help muck out their neighbors from last week’s flooding. Teams from Calvary Church of Sumner will meet Saturday morning at the Rainier Manor Mobile Home Park clubhouse off of 141st Ave. E in Sumner. They will be cleaning up mud and debris.

Leaders will assign tasks at 10 a.m. Volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will head out at 8 a.m. on Saturday to the Valleybrook Village mobile home park on on 29th St. Ct. East off of River Road in Puyallup. They will be working on removing skirting, wet moulding and insulation from the mobile homes that were flooded. White River High School students and other volunteers in the South Prairie area will team up with Mayor Paula Levesque on Monday at 10 a.m. at the fire station (Pierce County Fire District 20), 350 Highway 162E in South Prairie, to help clean up damaged property in the town.

Anyone interested in volunteering with these groups are welcomed to do so. Show up at any of the locations at the above times. Please bring gloves, boots, and dress appropriately. Those that have shovels and/or power washers are asked to bring them as well. For media only: Contacts for clean-up leaders: Charity Powers, Calvary Church of Sumner, 253-222-8651 Rod Widing, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 253-208-1640 South Prairie Mayor Peggy Levesque, 253-224-8368

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Pierce County residents should report flood damage
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 16th, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 16, 2009 – The Pierce County Damage Assessment Call Center will be open next Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 to 5 p.m. (it will be closed Jan. 19 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday). Citizens are encouraged to continue to report damages resulting from the recent flooding.

Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the flooding should call the Department of Emergency Management Damage call center at 1-866-798-6363. Reported damage amounts can affect whether or not Pierce County receives a presidential disaster declaration. If one is declared, FEMA assistance becomes available to citizens.

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 * Estimate of the fair market value of the damaged home or business. People interested in obtaining free vouchers for debris removal must also call the Pierce County Damage Assessment Call Center to request the vouchers.

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