Washington Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1499)

Incident period: October 15, 2003 to October 23, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 7, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 16, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash. -- Valuable information about whether your home or business is located in a flood prone area can be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) website, www.fema.gov. Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and other flood-related products can be quickly accessed by going to the website and connecting first to “The Map Store” link and then to “The Map Search” link.
December 12, 2003
News Release
EVERETT. Wash. -- Families and individuals who suffered damage from the October 15 – 23 severe storms continue to receive assistance from state, federal, local and voluntary agencies.
December 11, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash. -- Applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) will be accepted through Dec. 18, 2003. “Individuals who are out of work as a direct result of the severe storms October 15 – 23, 2003, may be eligible for weekly benefit payments under the DUA program,” said Diane R. Offord, the state official in charge of disaster recovery, “but they must get their applications in right away.”
December 10, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash. -- Children are particularly vulnerable to emotional stress after a disaster like the flooding and high winds that Washington residents have been experiencing recently. They may suffer symptoms such as excessive fear of the dark, crying, fear of being alone and constant worry. According to experts, parents or guardians should reassure children they are safe; encourage them to talk about their fears; emphasize they are not responsible for what happened; and hold and hug them frequently.
December 9, 2003
News Release
With Thanksgiving behind us and the December holidays ahead, the thoughts of many Americans turn to shopping. So what do you give the loved one who “has everything”? The Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like to offer a list of gift suggestions for that special person who isn’t quite prepared for disaster or emergencies.
December 8, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash. -- Residents who need to make repairs or rebuild as a result of the October floods have a responsibility to themselves, their families and their neighbors to rebuild in a way that reduces future flood losses. This is called ‘mitigation’.

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