FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center In Lewis County

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Release date: 
February 1, 2009
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SEATTLE, Wash. -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens in Lewis County on Monday, Feb. 2 to provide face-to-face assistance to people suffering damages from the Severe Winter Storm, Landslides, Mudslides, and Flooding from Jan. 6 to Jan. 16. Residents of King, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties were designated for federal individual assistance in the Presidential disaster declaration of Jan. 30, 2009, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said.

FEMA and the Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD) announced the following DRC location and hours:

Yard Birds Mall
2100 N National Ave., 2nd Floor
Chehalis, WA 98532

Opens Monday, Feb. 2
Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (until further notice)

Applicants can register for FEMA assistance by calling, toll-free, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), TTY 1-800-462-7585, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Registration is available until March 31, 2009.

Individual assistance is available for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofits. FEMA offers housing assistance grants; the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of any size; and personal property grants are available through the federal/state "Other Needs Assistance" program.

Visitors to the DRC will find information on:

  • FEMA and State disaster assistance programs
  • SBA low-interest disaster loans and how to complete the loan application
  • Smart building techniques to reduce damage from future floods, and
  • Flood insurance

When applicants register for FEMA assistance they will be asked: location of damaged property, their Social Security number, a phone number where they can be contacted, a general description of the damages and insurance coverage, and basic financial information to determine the likelihood of supporting an SBA low-interest disaster loan. The telephone interview takes approximately 20 minutes. People should only provide this personal information if they call the center, not if someone calls them claiming to be from FEMA

Disaster Recovery Centers:

LocationOpening DateHoursClosing Date

Auburn Supermall
(Inside mall – opposite Sam’s Club)
1101 Supermall Way, Suite 1157, 98001

February 1

Sun 9-6
Mon-Sat 9-7


Yard Birds Mall
2100 N National Ave., 2nd Floor
Chehalis, WA 98532

February 2

Mon-Sat 9-7
Sun 9-6


FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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