Olympia, WA -- The deadline to register with FEMA for Nisqually Earthquake--related damages is this Saturday, JUNE 30.
Anyone living or working in the 22 disaster--declared counties who suffered damages from the Feb. 28 temblor has just six days to register for state and federal assistance. Officials urge residents to take another look through their property and to call FEMA right away if they feel they need assistance.
"FEMA and the state have extended the deadline twice to give Washington residents the time they needed to see whether or not the earthquake affected their property," said Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Lokey. "This week is the last chance, so we want residents who need help to pick up the phone now and make that call."
Those affected can call the toll--free registration line to register with FEMA at 1--800--462--9029 (TTY: 1--800--462--7585). Those who have already applied can ask questions about their applications by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1--800--525--0321 (TTY at 1--800--462--7585). These lines are staffed 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, June 30.
Applicants may qualify for assistance under several federal and state programs such as temporary disaster housing assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low--interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes, or grants to meet disaster--related needs not covered by other programs.