Olympia, WA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Washington Emergency Management Division will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Kent, Wash., Thursday, March 8 to offer face-to-face help to residents affected by the Nisqually earthquake.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Small Business Administration (SBA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), US Housing and Urban Development and American Red Cross will be available at the center. They will offer help on hazard mitigation, legal services, crisis counseling, disaster-related unemployment help, low-interest disaster loan information for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes and other assistance. Phones will be available for individuals to register for assistance.
The center will be located at:
Center Pointe Corporate
Cascade West Bldg. #300
20829 72nd Ave. S.
Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until further notice. The center will be closed on Sundays.
To register for disaster assistance, individuals need to call the toll-free number, 1-800-462-9029. Hearing or speech-impaired persons may call TTY 1-800-462-7585.
Government disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate individuals for their entire loss. The government may help pay for basic needs not covered under insurance policies. Some disaster aid does not have to be paid back, while other forms of help may be loans. FEMA representatives will explain the process when called.