EVERETT, Wash. -- Families and individuals who suffered damage from the October 15 ? 23 severe storms continue to receive assistance from state, federal, local and voluntary agencies. Residents of Chelan, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Okanogan, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties who suffered damage from the October storms may be eligible for federal and state assistance and are encouraged to call the toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply. The registration number for the speech and hearing impaired is TTY 1-800-462-7585 .
Registration phone lines are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice and the deadline to submit an application for assistance is January 6, 2004.
Recovery services summary as of 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 19, 2003: >
- 1,249 registrations have been received through the FEMA toll free registration number 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY: 800-462-7585 .
- 98 percent of FEMA damage inspections issued have been completed.
- $2,289,978 from the Individuals and Households Program has been disbursed to the victims.
- $1,885,400 in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.
- 226 SBA loan applications have been received.
- Free counseling services are available in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties. For Disaster Outreach Services assistance residents should call 360-416-7099.
- Volunteer attorneys are providing free, disaster-related legal assistance to low-income individuals affected by the October 15-23 floods. The service, coordinated through the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is available by calling 1-800-467-0372.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government's primary source of money for the long term rebuilding of disaster damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured or uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.