FEMA And State Working For Storm Victims

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Release date: 
January 8, 2008
Release Number: 
1734-030

LACEY, Wash. -- One month after receiving a federal disaster declaration for the severe storms, floods, landslides and mudslides in early December, federal and state officials announced that more than 2,600 Washington individuals and households have been approved for more than $18.5 million in disaster assistance.

"We have sent out more Other Needs Assistance in a shorter time than in any previous Washington disaster," said Kurt Hardin, state coordinating officer for the 2007 floods. "The applicant numbers and dollars paid for housing assistance for the December 2007 disaster already exceed the totals for the storms and floods of 2006. The 2007 floods easily will rank as the worst flood disaster in Washington since 1996."

"Thanks to the partnership of federal, state and local volunteer agencies, more assistance has been delivered to more people in less time than I have ever seen in any recovery," said Tom Davies, federal coordinating officer. "Many disaster survivors have received checks within three days after their home inspections."

Individual and Households Assistance to the designated counties is shown below at COB Jan. 6, 2008.

Clalam County
Total registrations: 182
Total already approved: 126
Amount approved: $73,823.97

Grays Harbor County
Total registrations: 3,214
Total already approved: 1,744
Amount approved: $1,158,713.36

King County
Total registrations: 534
Total already approved: 450
Amount approved: $769,640.35

Kitsap County
Total registrations: 630
Total already approved: 510
Amount approved: $858,678.45

Lewis County
Total registrations: 2,290
Total already approved: 1,755
Amount approved: $8,907,644.02

Mason County
Total registrations: 510
Total already approved: 366
Amount approved: $859,948.06

Pacific County
Total registrations: 848
Total already approved: 449
Amount approved: $286,177.48

Snohomish County
Total registrations: 217
Total already approved: 194
Amount approved: $310,609.05

Thurston County
Total registrations: 260
Total already approved: 199
Amount approved: $433,401.45

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges Washington residents and small business owners in the nine designated counties who suffered damage to apply for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice. Persons already registered can call this number and get updates on their cases by choosing option two to reach the FEMA Helpline. Those with speech or hearing impairments may call TTY 1-800-462-7585.

Additionally, those affected by the disaster may apply for assistance by going online to www.fema.gov which is available around the clock.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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