Olympia, WA -- Federal and state agencies have approved $53.6 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, as close of business April 26.
- Since the disaster declaration, $29 million in aid has been approved for disaster rental assistance and minimal repair grants.
- Inspectors have completed 21,213 damage verifications in the declared counties.
- The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $23 million in low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.
- The Individual and Family Grant program has approved $1.6 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 24,909 at the close of business, April 26.
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. The deadline to register is May 31, 2001.
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A total of 22 counties are eligible for Individual Assistance. The counties previously designated are Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom, Wahkiakum, and Yakima. All counties were automatically made eligible for Hazard Mitigation assistance with the original disaster declaration.
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 their insurance. Some disaster aid does not have to be paid back, while...