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FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center In Longview

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Release date: 
February 7, 2009
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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens in Longview at the Cowlitz County Training Center on Monday, Feb. 9 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. Cowlitz is one of the 15 counties that have been 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 (WEMD) announced the following DRC location and hours:

Cowlitz County Training Center (The Boat House)
1942 First Ave
Longview, WA 98632

Opens Monday, Feb. 9 at noon
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 Registration is available until March 31, 2009.

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.
The following counties are now eligible to receive disaster assistance: Benton, Cowlitz, Clallam, Grays Harbor, King, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum and Whatcom.

Disaster Recovery Centers:
Cowlitz County Training Center (The Boat House)
1942 First Ave
Longview, WA 98632
OPENS Monday, Feb. 9 at noon, HOURS Mon-Sat 9-7, Sun 9-6

Westfield Capital Shopping Center
625 Black Lake Blvd., Suite 374
Olympia, WA 98502
OPENED February 6, HOURS Mon-Sat 9-7, Sun 9-6

South Hill Mall (located near the old J.C. Penny's entrance)
3500 S. Meridian, Suite 940
Puyallup, WA 98373
OPENED February 4, HOURS Mon-Sat 9-7, Sun 9-6

Evergreen State Fairgrounds
14405 179th Ave SE, Building 501
Monroe, WA 98272
OPENED February 3, HOURS Mon-Sat 9-7, Sun 9-6

Yard Birds Mall
2100 N National Ave., 2nd Floor
Chehalis, WA 98532
OPENED February 2, HOURS Mon-Sat 9-7, Sun 9-6

Auburn SuperMall
(Inside mall - opposite Sam's Club)
1101 Supermall Way, Suite 1157, 98001
OPENED February 1, HOURS 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.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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