Wide Range of Resources Triggered by Presidential Disaster Declaration
Since April 2, when President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for Snohomish County – including the lands associated with the Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, and Tulalip Tribes – the Washington Emergency Management Agency (WA EMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have continued partnering in response and recovery from the SR 530 Slide.
While more than $1.3 million in state/FEMA funding has so far been awarded in grants and other assistance to individuals and households affected by the slide, officials point out that a wide range of resources is triggered when a major disaster declaration is signed.
Expedited retrieval or replacement of U.S. Savings Bonds
Did you know…? The U.S. Department of the Treasury/Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) provides expedited retrieval or replacement of U.S. Savings Bonds that are damaged or destroyed due to presidentially declared disasters.
Survivors with electronic Series EE or Series I Savings Bonds in the Treasury Direct system and do not have access to their accounts may contact the Bureau of the Public Debt for assistance.
Did you know?…In some cases, the Bureau of the Public Debt will also waive the minimum one-year holding period for Series EE and I Savings Bonds presented to authorize paying agents for redemption.
Series EE and Series I Savings Bonds in paper form may be redeemed at most financial institutions or Federal Reserve Banks. Application for replacement of paper savings bonds must be made by completing a form PDF 1048. The form is available at most financial institutions.
In the form, be prepared to provide such information as:
- How the bonds were registered
- Owner’s Social Security number
- Approximate dates of issue
- Bond denominations and serial numbers (check with issuing bank)
Mail the completed form to:
Office of Investor Services
Bureau of the Public Debt
200 Third St.
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328
The U.S. Department of the Treasury provides more details online. To access the information, click: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/research/indepth/ebonds/res_e_bonds_eereplace.htm.
Did you know….? It may be possible to retrieve bills and other currency that was lost or mutilated due to a presidentially declared disaster.
The U.S. Department of Treasury provides guidance online, including the following points to consider when mailing in disaster-damaged currency for retrieval:
- Did you know?….Regardless of the condition of the currency, do not disturb the fragments any more than absolutely necessary.
- Did you know?….If the currency is brittle or inclined to fall apart, pack it carefully in plastic and cotton without disturbing the fragments and place the package in a secure container.
To read further details about retrieving damaged currency, click: http://moneyfactory.gov/damagedcurrencyclaim.html.
Did you know….? Of the more than $1.3 million awarded so far in state/FEMA funding to individuals impacted by the SR 530 Slide, some assistance has gone toward disaster-related needs such as assistance with temporary housing and/or housing replacement, increased commuting costs and personal property replacement.
Did you know….? Help continues. WA EMD and FEMA will continue partnering in recovery efforts for as long as necessary.
Survivors may continue to call the Washington State Other Needs Assistance Help Line. The help line number is (800) 688-3469.
FEMA operates a help line, as well. The number is (800) 621-FEMA (3362). For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call (800) 621-3362. Survivors who use TTY, may call (800) 462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. PDT, seven days a week.
Survivors can also call the FEMA help line to register for FEMA assistance. To register online, visit: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov.
SR 530 Slide survivors may register with FEMA through midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, on June 2.
Additional information and links to multiagency resources can also be found on the Snohomish County website, http://snohomishcountywa.gov/2354/530-Slide.