Olympia, WA -- Federal and state agencies have approved $28.5 million in aid to help Washington residents and businesses following the Nisqually earthquake.
The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts since the Presidential disaster declaration on March 1.
- Since the disaster declaration, $18.8 million in aid has been approved for disaster rental assistance and minimal repair grants.
- Inspectors have completed 14,847 damage verifications in the declared counties.
- The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $8.7 million in low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.
- The Individual and Family Grant program has approved $968,262 for residents affected by the earthquake. Grants are for serious disaster-related needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other disaster programs.
- The number of applications made for disaster assistance through FEMA's toll-free registration line totaled 18,154 at the close of business, April 5.
- 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.