Olympia, WA -- Federal and state agencies have approved more than $4 million in aid to help Washington residents following the Nisqually earthquake.
The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts since the Presidential disaster declaration on March 1.
During the 11 days since the disaster declaration, $4,630,014 in aid has
been approved for disaster rental assistance, businesses and minimal repair
- The number of applications made for disaster assistance through FEMA's
toll-free registration line totaled 6,735 at the close of business, Sunday,
March 12. State and federal officials continue to urge disaster victims to
call the registration number at 1-800-462-9029 or TTY 1-800-462-7585.
- Inspectors have completed 3,419 residential inspections in the declared
- The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $265,000 in
low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses.
- Eight Washington counties have been declared federal disaster areas. The counties of King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pierce and Thurston are eligible for Public and Individual Assistance. Grays Harbor and Snohomish counties are eligible for Individual Assistance and are being considered for Public Assistance.
FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate individuals for their entire loss. Persons covered by insurance may receive assistance from the government for areas not covered by the insurance. Some disaster aid does not have to be paid back, while other types of help may come in the form of loans. FEMA representatives will explain the process when persons call for assistance.
Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to cover private property damage that is not fully compensated by insurance or other sources. Disaster loans from SBA are the primary source of funds for repairing earthquake damage.