Olympia, WA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Washington Emergency Management Division will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Everett, Wash., Monday, March 26, to offer face-to-face help to residents and businesses affected by Feb. 28th Nisqually Earthquake. The center will be open until further notice.
Representatives from FEMA, SBA and American Red Cross will be present at the center. Information from the Internal Revenue Service, Housing and Urban Development, legal services and Washington State Employment Security will be available.
The SBA will provide low-interest disaster loan information for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes and FEMA will provide help with hazard mitigation and other assistance, including housing.
The facility will be located at:
2701 112th Street S.W.
(Air National Guard Bldg 531, Paine Field)
Everett, Washington 98204
Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until further notice.
To register for disaster assistance, individuals and businesses need to call the toll-free number 1-800-462-9029. Hearing or speech-impaired persons may call TTY 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST, seven days a week.
FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate individuals for their entire loss. FEMA may help pay for basic needs not covered under insurance policies. Some disaster aid does not have to be paid back, while other help may be in the form of loans from SBA. FEMA representatives will explain the details when called on the toll-free registration number.
Low-interest loans from SBA 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.