Olympia, WA -- Federal and state agencies have approved $42.6 million in aid to help Washington residents and businesses following the Nisqually earthquake.
The following are highlights of the ongoing disaster response and recovery efforts since the Presidential disaster declaration on March 1.
- Since the disaster declaration, $25.5 million in aid has been approved for disaster rental assistance and minimal repair grants.
- Inspectors have completed 18,957 damage verifications in the declared counties.
- The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $15.8 million in low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.
- The Individual and Family Grant program has approved $1.3 million for residents affected by the earthquake. Grants are to assist with 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 22,597 at the close of business, April 19.
State and federal officials continue to urge disaster victims to call the registration number atvb 1-800-462-9029 or TTY 1-800-462-7585. For information regarding the Faith-Based Earthquake Recovery Project call 1-888-707-1200. The deadline to register is May 31, 2001.
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