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
November 26, 2003
EVERETT, Wash. -- In the aftermath of the October 15-23 severe storms and flooding that struck Washington, people who seek disaster assistance may find that they have also been issued a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application. These applications are sent to all applicants (both individuals and business owners) who may qualify for an SBA loan, or who desire grants other than Disaster Housing Assistance.
November 25, 2003
Everett, Wash. -- Flood season has arrived with a vengeance and State and Federal emergency officials urge people returning to their water damaged homes to be very careful. Damage to the integrity of a building may not be obvious from the outside. In order to stay safe it is suggested that residents wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and gloves, and carry battery-operated flashlights or lanterns to examine interior damage. Do not use matches or other open flames because gas may be trapped inside.
November 25, 2003
EVERETT, Wash. -- Many family valuables and heirlooms damaged by water in the recent Washington floods can be saved and even restored. To help flood victims recover water-damaged valuables and heirlooms, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington State Department of Emergency Management (WEMD) have compiled the following tips:
November 22, 2003
EVERETT, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like to remind residents to be aware of the dangers of mold after flooding. Mold could become a problem in your home if there is enough moisture available to allow mold to thrive and multiply. Dampness in basements, walls, carpets, and wood caused by flooding, provide an environment for mold to flourish.
November 21, 2003
EVERETT, Wash. - Families and individuals who suffered damage from the October 15 - 23 severe storms are quickly receiving assistance from state, federal, local and voluntary agencies. "These agencies are working in partnership to help residents of Chelan, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Okanogan, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties," said Anthony Russell, Federal Coordinating Officer for the disaster.
November 20, 2003
EVERETT, Wash. -- The State of Washington and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that seven Washington counties are now eligible to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to repair or replace infrastructure damaged by the severe storms of October 15-23.