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 20, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash -- Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD) asked local and tribal jurisdictions and state agency liaisons to submit letters of intent by Jan. 16, 2004, if they plan to apply for federal hazard mitigation grant money made available by the October flood and storm disaster. EMD also has encouraged local emergency managers to notify special purpose districts and nonprofit organizations of the hazard mitigation grant letters of intent deadline.
November 20, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash. -- Public health officials, Washington Emergency Management Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge residents affected by the recent severe storms that occurred October 15 ? 23 who rely on private wells to have their water supply tested if any of the following conditions exist:
November 19, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash. -- Individuals who are out of work as a direct result of the severe storms October 15 - 23 may be eligible for weekly benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. Applications can be obtained online at http://www.wa.gov/esd/ui/dua.htm.
November 18, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash. -- State and federal officials are advising residents of northwest Washington's storm-damaged counties to be careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "We know from experience that residents often get into disputes with repair services over the quality or cost of the work they have done," said Anthony Russell of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the official in charge of federal long-term recovery operations.
November 18, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash. -- Officials from the State of Washington and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open disaster recovery centers (DRCs) in Bremerton and Aberdeen to assist individuals who suffered damage from the October 15-23 storms and flooding. The centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anyone affected by the October storms may visit either DRC for assistance. The centers will be located at:
November 18, 2003
News Release
EVERETT, Wash. -- The severe storms and flooding of October 15th through 23rd have left many WA residents with damage to their basements. Many of the homes were insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); however, many are unsure about what is covered by their insurance plan. The NFIP defines a basement as any area of a building with a floor that is below the natural ground level on all sides; otherwise, it is considered the first floor.

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