Lacey, Wash. -- The deadline to register for state and federal disaster assistance is just a few days away. Thursday, Feb. 7, is the final day for individuals who were impacted by the severe storms, mudslides, landslides and flooding of Dec. 1-17, 2007 to call or go online to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"Don't miss this deadline because you think your damage is too minor to worry about, or because you have insurance," said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Hardin. "What seems to be minor flood damage now could turn into mold or structural problems later, and your insurance may not cover all of your repairs."
Washington residents in Clallam, Grays Harbor, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Snohomish, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties who suffered damage during the flooding should call the FEMA registration line at 1-800-621- FEMA (3362) - TTY 1-800-462-7585 - and register for assistance by Feb. 7. Registration hours are from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Applicants also may register any time before 6 p.m. (local time) on Feb. 7 online at www.fema.gov.
Homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations who suffered property damages from the storm and received loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also need to complete and return those applications on that date.
Anyone with questions about an SBA loan application can contact the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 - (TTY) 1-800-877-8339 - or visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov/services/ disasterassistance. Applicants can submit completed applications or get help filling out the forms at any Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) or SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC).
Until Feb. 7, DRCs are open from 10-6:30 at the following locations:
- Aberdeen Community Center (lower Level), 117 E. 3rd Street, Aberdeen 98520
- Yard Birds Mall (2nd floor), 2100 N. National Ave., Chehalis 98532
Until Feb. 7, DLOCs are located at:
- Mason County Fire District#2, 460 NE Old Belfair Hwy, Belfair 98528 (open Mon.-Thu., 9-6)
- Bank of the Pacific, 1007 S. Pacific Hwy, Long Beach 98631 (open Mon.-Wed. 9-5)
- Bank of the Pacific, 560 Commercial St., Raymond 98577 (open Thu, 9-5)
- For those who have already registered and wish to check on their assistance or update claim information, FEMA is still only be a toll-free call away after Feb. 7. The Helpline number is the same as the registration line at 1-800-621- FEMA (3362) - TTY 1-800-462-7585, and hours are also from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday
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.