Washington Earthquake (DR-1361)

Incident period: February 28, 2001 to March 16, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 1, 2001

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 5, 2001
News Release
Olympia, WA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Washington State Emergency Management Department (WEMD) have opened a Disaster Field Office in Olympia March 5 to administer disaster assistance programs available as a result of the President's disaster declaration March 1. The President's declaration is in response to the damages and losses resulting from the Washington State earthquake February 28. The Disaster Field Office is located at 625 Black Lake Blvd. SW Suite 200, Olympia, Washington 98502.
March 5, 2001
News Release
Olympia, WA -- Earthquake affected infrastructure will be the primary focus of Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) operations scheduled to begin today, Bill Lokey, Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said in a joint statement with Washington State Coordinating Officer (SCO) Diane Offord. FEMA representatives will join with state officials to survey quake damage in the six federally declared disaster counties-Lewis, King, Pierce, Thurston, Mason and Kitsap-starting with the following areas on the tentative dates indicated:
March 1, 2001
News Release
Washington, DC -- 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 the Seattle area jolted yesterday by a powerful earthquake measuring 6.8 in magnitude. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the President took the action this evening immediately after receiving the agency analysis of the state's request for federal assistance submitted this afternoon.

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