Emergency Management

Prairie Ridge transfer station open
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Prairie Ridge Transfer Station is accepting storm debris again. They were initially overwhelmed by the amount of debris dropped off, but have opened again to Pierce County residents today.

Other transfer stations open include:

Puyallup/South Hill/Graham Areas
Hidden Valley Transfer Station, 17925 Meridian Street East
Seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Gig Harbor Peninsula
Purdy Transfer Station, 14515 54th Ave. NW (144th St NW @ 54th Ave NW)
Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Bonney Lake / East Pierce County
Prairie Ridge Transfer Station, Prairie Ridge Dr E @ South Prairie Road E
Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Anderson Island
White’s Pit, Eckenstam Johnson Rd
Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


All warming centers and shelters closed
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 23rd, 2012 at 11:15 AM

With power restored to a vast majority of Pierce County residents, the warming centers and shelters have been closed.


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.


Shelter closes
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 22nd, 2012 at 7:03 PM

The Sunrise Baptist Church is Sumner closed down this evening at 6 p.m.  The South Prairie Community Center remains open. Updates on warming centers open on Monday will be available tomorrow.


Update on Pierce County shelters and warming centers, Jan. 21
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 21st, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Due to the continued power outages and cold weather throughout Pierce County, the following shelters are open and available to anyone seeking a warm place to stay. 

Warming centers and overnight shelters:

  • Key Peninsula Lutheran: 4213 Lackey Rd., Lakebay
    • Day center from 9 to 3 p.m.; on stand-by for overnight Saturday
  • Lakewood Community Center: 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood
    • Open Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Lakewood City Hall: 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood
    • Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Orting City Hall: 110 Train Street SE., Orting
    • Open Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • South Prairie Community Center: 198 SR 162 E., South Prairie
    • 24-hr walk-in, no sleeping facilities
  • Sunrise Baptist Church: 12115 Shaw Rd. East, Puyallup
    • Open until 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22


When going to an overnight shelter, please bring the following:

  • Toiletries (toothpaste, personal hygiene items, and medications)
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows
  • Extra clothing, towels, and washcloths
  • Comfort items for children (stuffed animal, toys, games, books, and blanket)

Additional shelters are on standby if needed. Call the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center for additional information at 253-798-7470.

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