Washington Severe Winter Storm, Landslides, Mudslides, and Flooding (DR-1817)
Incident period: January 6, 2009 to January 16, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 30, 2009
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
February 11, 2009
OLYMPIA -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) officials announced that beginning this week, Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be closed on Sundays. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. The DRC in Chehalis will be closed after Saturday, Feb. 14:
February 10, 2009
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Residents of Washington State, affected by the severe storm activity of Jan. 6-16, 2009, are urged to be careful of scams and other fraud during recovery efforts. Officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) urge affected residents to exercise caution and diligence.
February 9, 2009
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- If you or your business were affected by January's severe storms, flooding or mudslides, assistance is available to help you recover. In order to qualify for assistance the first step is to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 1-800-877-8339) or by going online to www.disasterassistance.com.
February 9, 2009
OLYMPIA -- If your home was affected in the recent flooding it could be harboring mold. "Mold can be a significant problem after flooding, and proper cleanup is critical to ensure that it does not affect you or your family's health," said Laura White, public health advisor with the Washington State Department of Health's Division of Environmental Health. Care must be taken to clean and completely dry any areas of the home that have gotten wet from floodwaters to prevent structural damage and adverse health effects from mold.
February 8, 2009
OLYMPIA, Wash. ?-- The State of Washington and federal officials urge those affected by January's severe storms, flooding and mudslides to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) even if they have already registered with voluntary agencies or have reported damage to county or local officials. Registering with other agencies does not register you with FEMA. The only way to get into the FEMA disaster assistance system and get the help you need is to call or register online.
February 7, 2009
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens in Longview at the Cowlitz County Training Center on Monday, Feb. 9 to provide face-to-face assistance to people suffering damages from the severe winter storm, landslides, mudslides, and flooding from Jan. 6 to Jan. 16. Cowlitz is one of the 15 counties that have been designated for federal individual assistance in the Presidential disaster declaration of Jan. 30, 2009, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said.