Emergency Management

Corrected – Resources available for victims of flooding
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 15th, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 15, 2009 – Pierce County residents can access information on resources available to flood victims on the county website. A listing of these resources can be found on columbia.co.pierce.wa.us/crisiscom, under disaster information and status of services. Agencies and organizations who wish to list their information should e-mail name, services offerered and a contact name and number to pceoc@co.pierce.wa.us. Listing on the website is at the discretion of Pierce County Emergency Management


Vouchers required for free Pierce County flood debris disposal
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 14th, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 14, 2009 – Pierce County’s Solid Waste division reminds county residents and businesses that they must obtain a voucher before bringing waste to a transfer station for free disposal. Without the voucher, regular solid waste disposal fees will apply.

To obtain a voucher, residents and businesses should begin by reporting damages to the Department of Emergency Management’s Damage Assessment Center at 1-866-798-6363 (toll-free). Calls are accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. through Friday, January 16. It is only necessary to call once to establish eligibility for debris disposal assistance.

The voucher entitles the bearer to dispose of flood damaged household goods free of charge. In addition to the transfer station disposal sites, the Solid Waste division and local private waste collection companies are placing collection containers in neighborhoods that have a high concentration of debris.

For more information, contact the Solid Waste division at 253-798-2179, email pcsolidwaste@co.pierce.wa.us, visit www.piercecountywa.org/solidwaste, or call the recorded information line at 253-798-4115. CONTACT: Stephen Wamback, Public Works and Utilities Solid Waste Administrator, 253-798-4656, or Gloria Van Spanckeren, Public Works and Utilities PIO, 253-798-4688.


County asking people to check on neighbors
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 14th, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 14, 2009 – Pierce County Emergency Management is asking its residents to please check on their neighbors after the flooding, particularly people who are elderly and/or disabled. Assessment teams have been getting reports about folks that are still sitting in their flooded out homes, unaware of where to even begin in their recovery process.

Residents are urged to call the county’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 253-798-4600 to get more information and to have someone contact the distressed person for assistance. For additional information on flooding issues, call Emergency Management at 253-798-7470.


Residents getting help from various agencies
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 13th, 2009 at 4:18 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 13, 2009 – Pierce County residents are cleaning up from the recent floods and realizing that they need more immediate help to get them back on their feet.

Several volunteer agencies have stepped forward to provide resources for these folks, many of them coordinated through Pierce County’s Citizen Corps. The Salvation Army is providing shelters for food, clothing, lodging, and emergency medical needs for people in Orting who had been staying in a shelter, unable to return to their homes. Additionally, people whose homes have been red-tagged – or deemed uninhabitable – have also recieved vouchers. Associated Ministries is coordinating “CARE” teams to assist families in accessing services in their recovery process. Pierce County Community Services and Pierce County Human Services is helping direct residents to services that may be available to them as well. Citizen Corps is the grass-roots movement that actively involves everyone in making communities across America safer, stronger, and better prepared.

Everyone has a role to play in keeping hometowns safe and secure and Citizen Corps helps to prepare, train, and volunteer.For more information, or to volunteer for Pierce County Citizen Corps, call 253-798-6595


Media Conference – Prelimary damage assessment to begin
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 12th, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 12, 2009 – Area officials will discuss the beginning of the preliminary assessment of Washington’s 2009 flood damage. The assessment will be used to prepare a federal disaster request. The preliminary damage assessment teams, comprised of local, state and federal members, will begin evaluating Pierce and Lewis counties on Tuesday, and will progress to other counties throughout the week. 10a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 Pierce County Department of Emergency Management 2501 S. 35th St. in Tacoma Participants: – Steve Bailey, director, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management. – Kurt Hardin, manager, Mitigation, Response and Recovery Unit, Washington Emergency Management Division. – Representative from Region 10, Federal Emergency Management Agency.